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Is Your Clinic Being Cleaned Properly?

 

Medical facilities are held to higher standards than most commercial properties and have industry-wide regulations. This article goes into detail about what needs to be done when cleaning a clinic.

 

The Requirements

Your medical clinic must be properly sterilised and disinfected, in order to meet the G.M.P and T.G.A. Standards, as well as ISO 14644-1: Class 3 – Class 9 Fed. Std. 209E: Class 1 – Class 100,000. Achieving these standards requires thorough cleaning with proper equipment and chemicals. Otherwise, a clinic runs a risk to its patients and will not be able to operate effectively and safely.

 

What to Clean

High touch materials pass sickness on through the number of people that touch them, making them a key feature of the clinic to pay attention to. High touch materials include play equipment, doorknobs, handles and books.

 

1. Play Equipment

When it comes to play equipment, a medical facility should remove equipment that is old or difficult to clean. This includes blocks, dolls and soft toys. They should instead exchange them for books or electronic devices and provide a reminder to parents to keep their child entertained by bringing their own toys.

 

2. Doorknobs

Doorknobs and handles should be cleaned several times a day if possible, as they are the most high-touch object in a medical facility and are therefore most prone to spreading bacterium.

 

3. Books

Books and magazines should be disinfected as much as possible and discarded once they show signs of wear and tear.

 

4. Floors

Alongside high touch materials, floors should also be double mopped once a day.

 

Self Cleaning

Many clinics aim to stay clean and meet the requirements through self-cleaning, meaning cleaning carried out by staff members. When compared to professional cleaning, however, self-cleaning has its downfalls.

 

1. Pressure on Staff

Medical professionals work in an intensive workplace as is. Adding another duty on top of that increases the pressure experienced and thus the stress. This pressure can lead to forgetfulness, corners being cut, and not a completely thorough clean.

 

2. No Training

Even if the staff are able to cope with the extra pressure, they lack the training needed to complete a thorough clean of a medical facility. Although they may mop the floors, they may not use the best disinfectant solution for the floors, or they may forget to double mop. These are all errors a cleaning professional would not have.

 

3. Not as Effective

When it comes down to it, asking staff to clean a medical facility is simply not as effective as it would have been had it been carried out by professional medical cleaners.

 

Professional Cleaning

When it comes to professional cleaning, however, medical clinics are given a guarantee. They know that their clinics will be cleaned to industry standards, therefore giving them peace of mind and allowing them to operate effectively.

 

Book Professional Cleanroom Services Today

Ensure your laboratory, clinic, surgery rooms and other medical areas are meeting international cleanroom standards with Worth Every Cent Cleaning. With support from our professional cleaners and modern cleaning technologies that align with international cleanroom standards, we will ensure a safe and contaminant-free environment in your medical facilities and laboratories.

For all your medical cleaning needs, contact us on 1300 85 44 11 or enquire online.