Healthcare environments are challenging on a daily basis. Healthcare facilities and the caregivers who work in them are on the front lines of keeping Hospital Acquired Infections (HAIs) under control. There are several hospital cleaning guidelines that hospitals must adhere to prevent cross-transmission. Constant hand washing is the most important guideline and the first line of defense against contracting an infection. Eliminating HAIs requires increasingly stringent infection prevention protocols. COVID-19 and Flu are also concerns, especially at this time of year. All bacteria and viruses can live, at least for a time, on surfaces. It is as important to make sure surfaces are clean in addition to washing hands to prevent cross transmission and infection.
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How furniture can help control the spread of infection
When you consider the sheer numbers of people who visit healthcare facilities daily, including hospitals, doctors and dental offices and emergency rooms, you understand how quickly Flu, COVID-19 and HAIs can spread. Ideal surfaces in a healthcare environment are nonporous, smooth, free of nicks and scratches, making them less likely to harbor dangerous pathogens and easier to deep clean. Surfaces in healthcare should be able to withstand bleach cleaning and still look like new. These ideal surfaces even extend to the types of furniture that inhabit healthcare facilities, which is why hospitals should pay extra attention to their healthcare furniture and stay vigilant in keeping their healthcare furniture clean to combat cross-transmission of infection and disease.
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Adhering to hospital cleaning guidelines is imperative
Everyone who visits a hospital lobby or a doctor’s waiting room touches healthcare surfaces. Think about it, that number includes children with runny noses and constant coughs, adults who put purses and food down on tabletops, and those who change diapers and even sit on the tabletops. With the new COVID-19 there is still a lot to learn. Health officials, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention believe contact with infected surfaces and objects spreads the virus in addition to person-to-person contact. Some spread of the virus might be possible before people even show any symptoms. It is imperative to adhere to hospital cleaning guidelines and clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as hospital furniture, as well as wash hands regularly and repeatedly.