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Environmental Surfaces Abound in Every Indoor Environment

Environmental surfaces abound in every indoor environment. Those environmental surfaces, fomites (Nonliving material. Any object or substance, other than food, that harbors or carries infectious organisms), get loaded with infections.

As your staff goes about the daily routine of spraying and wiping, you have to wonder, “Are we cleaning and disinfecting those environmental surfaces the right way? What confidence do you have that your processes, training, tools and chemicals are delivering the best outcome: a safe, clean and disinfected space?”

Let’s look at some of the factors that impact the ability to consistently deliver on our promise that the building will be safer because we have done a good job of cleaning:

• Not using the proper procedures/best practices for your segment of the cleaning business,
• The wide range of surfaces needing cleaned/disinfected,
• Lack of education and easily understood training for housekeepers whose first language is not English.

In fact, simple cleaning of the environmental surfaces is a critical issue in healthcare today. Studies have demonstrated less than 50% of patient’s rooms were adequately cleaned and disinfected. Patients admitted to inadequately cleaned rooms were 40% more likely to get the same infection as the previous patient had.

The difference in the two rooms?  The room on the right had a patient with C-diff in it, while the one on the left didn't.

As a leader in the cleaning/maintenance company or department, you need to understand the dynamics of getting the job done with the workforce you have, retaining the best workers and building a team that delivers on a daily basis. At the end of the day, the building has to be safe, clean and disinfected.

Isn't it time that you effectively addressed this gap in education in your Environmental Services or Housekeeping Department? The GCI-EVS Technician Certificate will insure the frontline workers have the knowledge to perform their job tasks to a standard. That knowledge will instill pride in those workers who are often ignored or neglected when it comes to effective education and training.

Guest Blog Post by Darrel Hicks:

Pedagogy has partnered with the Green Clean Institute to bring professional development education for frontline staff that promotes proactive best practices within environmental health services operations.

Environmental Services Technician Certification program is an 12 month education program that once successfully completed offers your staff a certification.
Modules covered within the educational program are:
  • 600 - CITS Basic Cleaning 101
  • 601 - EVS Technician (Part 1)
  • 602 - EVS Technician (Part 2)
  • 603 - Patient/Resident Safety and Satisfaction
  • 604 - Cleaning and Disinfecting
  • 605 - Personal Protection Equipment (PPE)
  • 606 - Bloodborne Pathogens (OSHA)
  • 607 - Infection Prevention
  • 608 - Health Impacts of Cleaning
  • 609 - Cleaning Patient/Resident Rooms
  • 610 - Chemicals & Disinfection Knowledge
  • 611 - Clean, Green and Healthy
  • 612 - Surface Cleaning in Healthcare Settings
To see the education on environmental services cleaning offered by Pedagogy and the Green Clean Institute, click here.
Posted: 1/14/2016 2:46:06 PM
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