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How do hospitals maintain cleanliness?

8th November 2018 By Sophie Knight

It goes without saying that hospitals have to be extra clean in order to stop the spread of disease and help aid recovery. Hospitals cannot get away with not being clean at all time as they house people are unwell and are potentially vulnerable to catching infections and diseases as well as people who themselves are currently trying to fight off infectious disease or viruses.

Keeping hospitals clean and to a certain standard is not just the bigger things like the way it is built in a specific manner which promotes cleanliness, but also the smaller things like doctors wearing gloves and hats.

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Uniform

One of the simplest yet most effective ways of maintaining the high standard of hygiene hospitals is the specialist uniforms staff members, doctors and nurses wear – all specific to the work they are conducting.

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Most of the clothing which is worn by medical professionals is on a one-time wear basis and/or are disposable. This includes scrubs, hats and gloves. These will be changed between treating or dealing with patients, and are not to be worn in the hallways. They should also be changed between moving from a residential to a shared bathroom.

Even when staff are using gloves, they will wash their hands before and after seeing to a patient.

The Facilities

Hospitals have to have specialist facilities, they cannot have the same sort of bathrooms that you would find in a commercial property such as a restaurant or a cinema. They must have hygiene as their ultimate priority, rather than focussing mainly on aesthetics like those in commercial properties.

Specialist solutions require specialist designers and installers. For example, Trovex is a company which offer their clients superior hygienic surfaces and systems for walls, doorsets, ceilings and washrooms. All of their solutions have been designed and built specifically for enhancing both functionality and hygiene in healthcare, leisure, hospitality and commercial environments alike – taking into account the needs of the particular property type. In this case, they would have specific designs would be most applicable to hospitals as well as ones which would suit something like a school that would not suit the hospital’s needs.

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Take for example their wall cladding for hospitals. It differs from standard wall cladding because it features a robust antibacterial surface. Their other designs, such as the wash station, is protected by hygienic PVC which will work to minimise bacteria. The NHS just one of the various clients which Trovex deal with, their solutions are clearly a major way in which hospitals keep so clean.

Avoiding cross-contamination

A significant challenge for hospitals is the avoidance of cross-contamination. The healthcare cleaning staff have to keep this in mind at all times and are often specially trained to deal with the removal and the disposal of contaminants right where they are in the hospital building.

It is almost guaranteed that things like re-usable rags and mops will bring in bacteria and spread it around the hospital building where it is certainly not welcome. Therefore, it is not effective to use these traditional methods of cleaning.

Instead, hospitals have to seek out more specialised solutions. For example, the Kaivac’s No Touch Cleaning System is a very popular option for hospitals. Its functions allow it to spray disinfectants, vacuum and dispose of contaminants in order to avoid bacteria escaping the room and finding an unwelcome home elsewhere in the hospital building.

The healthcare staff also have to dispose of contaminated materials as well, such as dirty cleaning liquids, soiled linens and medical tools. Doing so is of great importance and hospitals will train their staff to be highly alert about how to make sure they do this safely and correctly as to keep the hospital as clean and free of contaminants as possible.