Disinfecting and Monitoring Commonly touched Surfaces In Healthcare Facilities
Studies show that Clostridium difficile infections (CDIs) have been increasing in healthcare facilities, especially for high-risk patients such as the elderly or those receiving antibiotic therapy for other infections. Incidence rates are estimated to be 11 to 13 cases per 10,000 patient days, which translates into increased length in hospital stay ranging from 2 to 5 days per CDI.
The economic impact on healthcare facilities from these potentially non-reimbursed expenses can range from $2,500 to $7,000 per hospitalization. More importantly, multi-drug resistant strains are increasingly more difficult to treat, which results in an increased mortality rate.
Unfortunately, in many of today’s acute, ambulatory and continuing care facilities, if the room passes visual inspection it is considered clean.
However, it is generally accepted that only 50 percent of the surfaces are actually being disinfected during a terminal cleaning of a patient room. This is why Shining Knight invest considerable resources to training our staff to disinfect every surface when cleaning patient rooms.
Epidemiological studies have shown that surfaces play a definitive role in transmitting disease to patients and other building occupants. This is especially true in the case of organisms like C. diff that can persist and survive on surfaces for extended periods of time. It has been shown that occupying a room that had been previously occupied by a patient with C. diff significantly increases the risk of acquiring the same organism.
To control the transmission of these infections Shining Knight cleaners ensure they adequately clean and disinfect the surfaces that patients and staff come into routine contact with, known as high-touch surfaces.
Shining Knight ensures that rooms not only appear clean but that they are hygienically clean.