Cleanliness and sanitation are crucial factors in a healthcare facility to keep visitors, patients and employees safe. It is not enough to simply maintain a tidy and attractive healthcare environment; there is also a need to ensure that surfaces are kept clean and germ-free to prevent the spread of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) and multiple-drug resistant organisms (MDROs).
At a time of a global health emergency, the importance of proper cleaning and disinfection in healthcare facilities couldn’t be stressed enough. Read about HAIs and MDROs, how long they can live on surfaces and how they can be prevented from spreading inside your facility.
Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAIs)
Healthcare-associated infections, or HAIs, are infections that patients acquire at a healthcare facility while receiving treatment for something else. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that “about one in 31 hospital patients has at least one healthcare-associated infection” on any given day.
For immunocompromised patients, HAIs can be a serious danger. Patients are at risk for common HAIs, including:
Multiple-Drug Resistant Organisms (MDROs)
Multiple-drug resistant organisms, or MDROs, are any type of bacteria that has become resistant to common antibiotics, making treatments not work or less effective. This makes them dangerous to hospital staff and patients.
How Are HAIs And MDROs Transmitted?
HAIs and MDROs can both be transmitted directly and indirectly. A surface touched by an infected person can be touched by others later, who are at risk of getting infected. Regular cleaning and disinfection are conducive to a healthy and safe facility.
How Long Do HAIs and MDROs Live On Surfaces?
Preventing the Spread
Your staff can disinfect surfaces throughout the day, but it is also for your best interest to hire a professional cleaning team to perform comprehensive cleaning, sanitation and disinfection of your entire facility regularly.
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