Not every janitorial service can perform the type of skilled medical office cleaning that is required for a health care facility.
Because medical offices carry specific risks and requirements, your cleaning service should know how to work properly in a healthcare environment to remove the dirt and clutter that may be seen and the germs that are not visible.
What are the Risks of Improper Medical Office Cleaning?
Because of the numerous patients, both sick and healthy, that come into a medical facility each day, the environment must be regularly disinfected.
Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) that include pneumonia, gastrointestinal sickness and primary bloodstream infections impact as many as 1 in 25 hospital patients.
While a clinic is not the same as a hospital, the many patients crossing paths inside can spread germs and infection.
Your cleaning service needs to know how to eliminate these pathogens that can increase illness.
A benefit to using a well-trained, professional cleaning service is that you’ll get specialized expertise that reduces germs and dirt in the office, without adding another duty to your overworked office staff.
Your employees should do what they do best — manage patients — and let cleaning professionals make sure that the facility is free of pathogens and visible dirt.
How do Medical Cleaning Services Ensure that Proper Disinfection Occurs?
Trained cleaning professionals have strict protocols for cleaning the various surfaces of a medical facility.
One key is knowing which cleaning products to use and how long they must be in contact with the contaminated areas.
Without the correct training, cleaners may not let chemicals sit on surfaces for a long enough period to kill the pathogens that may exist.
Cleaners are also trained on how to manage blood-borne pathogens.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has strict protocols on how workers who may come into contact with these pathogens must control their behavior to avoid exposure.
While cleaning professionals are rarely exposed directly to blood in the medical office setting, they treat potentially contaminated surfaces with care and clean them according to protocol.
Another must-do for medical office cleaning: Having and following a checklist.
While it sounds simple, a written tool like a checklist can ensure that all the necessary steps for thorough decontamination are followed.
Are Harsh Chemicals Used or can the Cleaning Service use an Environmentally Friendly Product?
While it does depend on the exact cleaning needs, most of the time, alternatives to harsh chemicals are available, and those are used whenever possible.
Whenever fumes that may cause respiratory issues, or allergic reactions can be avoided, medical clinic staff and patients benefit.
Milder alternatives can be just as effective as noxious chemicals as long as they are left on the surface to work for the proper amount of time.
How do Cleaning Service Employees Interact with Medical Office Workers?
Most medical office cleaning is done after hours.
However, it’s important to maintain open lines of communication with the office staff.
Keeping communication logs where staff can indicate concerns and areas that may need extra attention, and cleaners can confirm that they addressed those needs, helps everyone stay on the same page.
Are Cleaning Service Staff Checked and Trained for Medical Facilities?
Yes, cleaning professionals in medical clinics must have background checks and be aware of HIPAA regulations for patient privacy, even if they don’t interact with patients or patient records.
Cleaners are also thoroughly trained in the use of the chemicals that they carry and the protocols for cleaning.
Have more questions about how a trained cleaning service can benefit your medical office or facility? Contact us for more information or to get a free quote for services.