Cleanliness is essential for every healthcare setting. The healthcare industry is tasked with protecting the health of millions of people every day. Part of maintaining patients’ well-being is protecting them from bacteria that may be present in a facility that provides medical treatment. Regular cleaning is important to most businesses, but it’s absolutely essential for any healthcare setting, whether it’s a small doctor’s office or a large regional hospital.
Working with professional janitorial providers focused on meeting environmental cleaning standards for healthcare facilities can provide many benefits for employees and patients. The patient-centered healthcare cleaning programs from the experts at ServiceMaster Clean® were designed to help your business achieve three critical goals:
1. MEET ENVIRONMENTAL CLEANING STANDARDS FOR HEALTHCARE FACILITIES
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) mandates that healthcare settings in the U.S. follow specific healthcare cleaning standards. Healthcare businesses that don’t comply may be subject to fines and even closure. Facilities that don’t prioritize compliance may also be held legally liable, should serious health issues occur for patients or employees because of an unclean setting.
To maintain a clean healthcare facility, it’s important to work with an environmental services agency that’s well-versed in OSHA standards, as well as the standards recommended by the following industry associations and organizations:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC)
- Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
- Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO)
- Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
- Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN)
Before hiring a commercial janitorial provider for your facility, make sure its procedures are based on the above regulatory requirements to provide adequate, patient-centered cleaning.
2. MAINTAIN A PROFESSIONAL, PATIENT-CENTERED APPEARANCE
A messy or unsanitary healthcare business is unlikely to be a profitable one. Patients aren’t going to want to return to medical settings that aren’t professionally maintained. Healthcare businesses should not only keep the medical side of their offices disinfected, but also thoroughly clean the public areas of their facility – or risk patient attrition. Dirty seat cushions in the waiting room, filled waste cans, or visible dirt or grime on floors and furnishings suggest that the facility does not take the responsibility of maintaining a safe, healthy environment seriously.
To maintain a professional medical setting, routine cleaning is essential. Whether the business concerned is a busy outpatient facility or a small dental practice, professional environmental cleaning services can help ensure your patients’ expectations are being met every day.
3. KEEP STAFF AND EMPLOYEES SAFE AND SATISFIED
Healthcare facilities depend on skilled employees with extensive training and qualifications. Due to the high costs of medical malpractice claims, licensed physicians and nurses are unlikely to stick with a healthcare business that does not meet environmental cleaning standards and regulations. In addition to retaining staff, strict cleaning standards can help improve the healthcare work environment and help increase productivity and worker satisfaction.
Healthcare workers come into contact with countless germs. Professional healthcare cleaning services help protect both staff and patients from potentially serious and even deadly infections. When choosing a cleaning service to maintain your healthcare environment, select a provider committed to meeting the standards and expectations for healthcare environments.
ServiceMaster Clean® is a leader in healthcare cleaning services, routinely adopting updates to applicable laws, as well as healthcare cleaning standards recommended by industry regulators. Our experts are trained on the proper cleaning protocols for specific healthcare settings to keep every environment we enter safe for both patients and employees. Contact us today for help maintaining the health of your facility.