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Medical Centre Cleaning – How Often Should You Clean Each Part of Your Medical Centre?

Clinics and medical facilities are high traffic areas that are generally more exposed to disease-causing germs than most other businesses. Frequent professional medical centre cleaning and sanitation is essential in all medical environments to maintain the health of staff and patients, as well as showing a high level of professionalism. At Cleaning Edge Solutions, we understand how important it is for a medical facility to be cleaned thoroughly and consistently. Here is our guide to how often each part of a medical practice should be professionally cleaned.

The Waiting Room

Your waiting area is your first impression of your centre to your clients so you want to make sure that the area is clean and welcoming for patients. Floors should be thoroughly cleaned on a daily basis through mopping and/or vacuuming. All hard surface area and high touch areas, like light switches and door handles must be sanitized regularly and extra attention should be paid to details such as glass and stainless steel. Regular, professional cleaning of a medical centre will ensure the comfort and wellbeing of patients and staff.

Bathrooms

Bathrooms should be highly sanitized, as there are several high touch areas like taps, door handles, light switches that can be a breeding ground for germs and bacteria. Bathrooms should be a top priority in daily cleaning. Special care should be taken when cleaning the sinks, toilets, and restocking hygienic items to reduce the spread of disease.

Exam Rooms

Exam rooms should be disinfected between patients, including changing any paper table liners and/or wiping the chair or table down. However, these rooms require a deeper cleaning on a daily basis ensuring all high touch surfaces such as exam tables, countertops, sinks, and fixtures are cleaned and disinfected. Doorknobs, light switches, and computer keyboards, should also be frequently cleaned, especially if the exam room is shared among doctors. The medical equipment in exam rooms can contain all sorts of germs due to the frequent contact with patients and these need regular cleaning and disinfecting so that contamination isn’t easily spread between patients. It’s important to note that only qualified medical centre cleaning staff are allowed to clean items in the examination rooms of a hospital.

Staff Room

While a staff room is not considered a high traffic area, it still should be cleaned regularly. This is space for employees so you should ensure they are also happy and healthy in the medical facility.

Regular daily cleaning should include rubbish removal and disinfection of hard surfaces like benches, tables and chairs. Flooring should also be a big focus of your regular cleaning needs.

Rubbish Removal

Removal of rubbish and medical waste should be done daily, if not multiple times a day. Ensure the proper precautions are taken and be sure to remove waste to the proper holding facility as well. Rubbish bins should be disinfected once garbage has been removed, and then liners replaced. When removing rubbish, you should never push down into a garbage bag, as there might be sharps or other dangerous materials inside.

Why You Need to Hire Professionals for Medical Centre Cleaning

Commercial healthcare cleaning is best left to the professionals. There are a few important reasons for this, including:

  • Medical centre cleaning differs from other types of cleaning. There are special techniques, tools, products and materials needed to do the job correctly, safely and efficiently.
  • As a sanitized, hygienic medical environment is required by law, this requires cleaners with certification and special training. You need to hire someone who is experienced and specializes in medical centre cleaning.
  • Cleanliness is something patients expect from all medical facilities; it is possible to lose patients because of a poorly cleaned environment.

Keeping patients and staff safe and healthy requires a well-considered cleaning schedule, implemented by experienced and professional cleaners with the correct cleaning equipment, solutions and PPE, and an effective auditing process to ensure standards are strictly adhered to.

For a no obligation quote for the specialty cleaning needs of your Melbourne medical centre, give the team at Cleaning Edge Solutions a call today on 1800 556 634.

Aged Care Facilities and Coronavirus – Controlling The Spread of Infection

While younger people can have a COVID-19 (Coronavirus) infection without symptoms, a visit to cheer up an elderly relative can become deadly among the more vulnerable population. For a few reasons, elderly people are the most vulnerable community to the deadly infection. And this highlights the importance of proper hygienic aged care facility cleaning.

At Cleaning Edge Solutions, we are specialists in aged care facility cleaning and we understand the importance of adhering to the cleaning, health and safety standards set by the federal and state governments and other governing authorities. COVID-19 is spreading at a rapid rate, but there are a few things that can be done to slow the spread. Read on for our guide to Coronavirus and the importance of proper hygienic cleaning practices within aged care homes. 

What is COVID-19 (Coronavirus)?

COVID-19 is a new viral disease that recently started in mainland China. Cases have since been reported in many countries overseas and within Australia.

How Does It Spread?

The virus can be spread from person to person from infected people through coughing, sneezing or by germs on hands.

What Are the Symptoms?

Symptoms can range from mild to severe and can include a fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Patients with current medical conditions or low immune systems have had evidence of pneumonia (chest infection).

Who is Most at Risk?

The elderly and people with underlying medical conditions (such as diabetes, lung disease, kidney disease or supressed immunity) are at risk of severe illness or death if they are exposed to COVID-19.

Protecting the Residents

There is no vaccine or treatment for this virus, so it is critical that the disease is not introduced to aged care homes. The best way to prevent the spread of infection is for all staff to wash hands or use alcohol-based hand gel frequently – before and after touching residents, linen, or surfaces touched by others.

What if a Facility is Suspected of COVID Cases?

If a facility has suspected cases of COVID-19, experts provide these recommendations:

  • Staff should use gowns, gloves and face masks or goggles when treating ill patients.
  • Residents suspected of having the virus should be placed in single rooms with closed doors.
  • Dining rooms may be closed and meals delivered to all residents’ rooms.

Additional Precautions in Aged Care Facilities

Proper cleaning and sanitisation is also crucial to reducing the spread of infection. When cleaning, staff should minimise the risk of being infected with coronavirus by wearing gloves and using alcohol-based hand sanitiser before and after wearing gloves. If cleaning rooms or areas of the workplace where a person with a confirmed case of coronavirus or a person in isolation has frequented staff may wish to wear a surgical mask as an added precaution. If a confirmed case of coronavirus or a person in isolation is in a room that cleaning staff need to enter, they may ask them to put on a surgical mask if they have one available. All common touch objects and surfaces such as doorknobs, taps, remote controls and light switches, must be cleaned, sanitized and disinfected multiple times a day. Sanitizing reduces germs while disinfection involves removing as many germs as possible.

The team at Cleaning Edge Solutions are qualified in aged care facility cleaning across Australia. We are one of the few triple ISO certified cleaning companies in Australia, providing our clients with the highest quality cleaning services at affordable prices. Contact us today for a free quote.