Facility Managers and Environmental Services Can Help Prevent the Spread of Infectious Diseases
Facility Managers and Environmental Services (EVS) play a crucial role in protecting workers, students and patients from infectious diseases by means of environmental hygiene. Cleanliness not only protects human health, it reduces absenteeism and decreases costs. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the common cold and flu is the leading cause of work and school absenteeism with up to 22 million school days lost each year. Even grimmer, the CDC estimates that 1.7 Million people fall victim of a Hospital Acquired Infection (HAI) each year, resulting in 100,000 deaths, with costs in excess of $45 Billion.
Cleaning for Infection Control and Prevention:
Facility Managers should have an environmental hygiene program in place to prevent the spread of common colds, the flu and other infectious diseases. Environmental hygiene can be confused with ordinary cleaning services, but they are different. Environmental hygiene is a multifaceted approach that includes cleaning common touch surfaces and charting. This is critical because research concludes that hand hygiene alone is not enough to prevent disease transmission, and common touch items are a vector for cross-contamination.
Hot Spots in Offices and Schools: (Coverall / Dr. Charles Gerba 2012)
- Phones are the germiest place in offices; followed by desktops, water fountain handle, microwave door handle and keyboards
- In schools, the most germ-laden places are desktops; computer keyboards, mice, and touchpads; pencil sharpeners, water fountains and restrooms
- Proper cleaning techniques can reduce bacteria by up to 99.9 percent and absenteeism in schools by 50 percent.
Hot Spots in Hospitals:
- 25% of hospital keyboards harbor the Super Bug MRSA, but daily disinfecting of the keyboards could reduce the risk of cross contamination (Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology / Rutala et al. 2006)
- Contamination with pathogens such as S aureus occurs on iPads used for patient care (American Journal of Infection Control 2013)
- We looked at touch screens in hospitals recently and found them to be heavily contaminated with organisms such as MRSA (Infection Control Today / Dr. Charles Gerba 2012)
It is evident that preventing illness extends beyond hand hygiene to include environmental hygiene. Facility Managers and Environmental Services need cost-beneficial solutions to prevent the transmission of disease. Seal Shield provides Infection Control technology and bundled solutions to improve outcomes and reduce costs.
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