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HEALTHCARE

Why effective floor cleaning is vital in healthcare Cleanliness is crucial in healthcare settings where patients and visitors are vulnerable to the spread of infection. While keeping floors clean is a clear priority for any infection control program, it needs to be done well, and with the right commercial cleaning equipment, if it is to be effective, writes Conquest Equipment sales director Ben Mathews. We all know how important it is to wash our hands to prevent the spread of germs. Equally important in hospitals, however, is effective floor cleaning. In fact, it is a key control measure in any clinical risk management framework as it significantly reduces the spread of healthcare-related infections. Catharine Paddock PhD for Medical News Today states that although hospital flooring surfaces are not classified as high touch areas, they frequently come into contact with objects that are, such as call buttons, blood pressure cuffs and even hands. This contact can cause contamination and assists in the spread of infectious diseases, highlighting the importance of thoroughly cleaning all floors throughout healthcare facilities. According to SA Health, thorough environmental cleaning 34 INCLEAN May/June 2019

is important for the prevention of transmission of infectious diseases within healthcare settings. This is backed by studies conducted by University of Arizona microbiologist Dr Charles Gerba, who found cleaning is the only intervention that can reduce the spread of viruses by up to 80 to 90 per cent. A safe, clean and welcoming environment also reflects positively on the healthcare facility. It puts patients at ease and provides them with a sense of dignity, comfort and trust in a setting where they are likely to feel unwell, uneasy or anxious. Proper and regular cleaning of surfaces can also help prevent deterioration, which means money that would be otherwise spent on renovations can instead go towards improved healthcare services or life enhancing technology.

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INCLEAN May-June 2019  

Published for more than 25 years, INCLEAN magazine is the only dedicated cleaning and hygiene industry magazine in the Australian and New Ze...

INCLEAN May-June 2019  

Published for more than 25 years, INCLEAN magazine is the only dedicated cleaning and hygiene industry magazine in the Australian and New Ze...