Healthcare Janitorial Services: Maintaining Health and Safety for Patients and Staff

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Healthcare facilities are designed to improve the lives and health of patients. That said, these facilities are, by their very nature, riddled with germs, some of which can be highly contagious. As such, nurses, doctors, and other staff members must do their best to steer clear of infections while still providing the best possible care for their patients. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), healthcare providers might be required to wash their hands up to 100 times during a 12-hour shift. But even then, those within a health facility can get sick, as certain diseases linger on surfaces and get passed through the air. So, it is the role of healthcare janitorial services to ensure that every inch of the facility is clean and properly disinfected.

What do Healthcare Janitorial Services Do?

Simply put, healthcare cleaning providers are tasked with removing and preventing harmful foreign contaminants from the facility in order to maintain a sterile, safe environment. Healthcare facility cleaners employ a number of methods and perform various duties to achieve these goals, including, but not limited to:
  • Using disinfectants to clean all surfaces, including floors, walls, equipment, sinks, toilets, etc.
  • Properly disposing of hazardous materials and waste
  • Washing medical uniforms, sheets, and other linens in specified and controlled laundry facilities
  • Power washing the building’s exterior
  • Deep cleaning floors
  • ...and much more
To ensure the maximum health and safety of all patients and staff members, all of these duties must be informed by state and federal cleaning guidelines for healthcare facilities. This means that healthcare janitorial service workers receive specialized training regarding proper health and safety procedures, such as:
  • Proper hand and skin hygiene
  • Recognizing and following relevant signage, labels, and images
  • Bloodborne pathogen (BBP) safety
  • Basic safety requirements
    • Wearing & handling personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • HIPAA regulations
  • HazMat/HazCom procedures
  • Exposure control plans
  • Proper laundry handling
  • Sharp objects handling and precaution
  • Principles of microbiology
If any changes in cleaning standards in healthcare arise, workers must undergo new training protocols for proper compliance.

What Types of Facilities Require Healthcare Cleaning Solutions?

Hospitals often require the most intensive healthcare janitorial services due to their size, occupancy, and range of potential illnesses. However, hospital cleaning is not the only task that falls under the category of healthcare cleaning. Indeed, every type of healthcare facility requires knowledgeable, properly-trained cleaning staff to ensure the continued health and safety of everyone inside. These facilities include:
  • Primary care facilities
  • Urgent care centers
  • Dental offices
  • Rehabilitation clinics
  • Assisted living centers
  • Outpatient facilities
  • Surgical facilities
  • etc.
Each of these facilities has unique needs and challenges and therefore demands individualized care. That said, any type of healthcare cleaning must still abide by the guidelines and standards alluded to earlier.

How The Budd Group Cares for Healthcare Facilities

Here at The Budd Group, our people do so much more than just cleaning hospital rooms (though we do that, too, of course). Armed with the knowledge and skills from our detailed training regimen, our healthcare janitorial services are equipped to care for any type of health facility while complying with the most up to date industry regulations. We do not provide one-size-fits-all solutions for any client, meaning every facility we serve receives customized and optimized treatment that keeps all occupants as safe and healthy as possible. To learn more about our healthcare cleaning solutions, our people, and our mission, give us a call today at 800-221-8158!
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