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How can you "clean" with dirty tools? Leave a comment Read more »

How can you “clean” with dirty tools?

Recently, I returned from an out of town trip.  While walking through the airport terminal, I had to find a rest room; quickly!  This bucket of mopping solution was sitting just outside the rest room entrance.  No custodian was around, so I shot a picture…


Part I: Are we processing environmental surfaces the right way? Leave a comment Read more »

Part I: Are we processing environmental surfaces the right way?

Environmental surfaces abound in every indoor environment.  Those environmental surfaces get loaded with fomites (Nonliving material. Any object or substance, other than food, that harbors or carries infectious organisms.)  As your staff goes about the daily routine of spraying and wiping you have to wonder,…


Minimizing Risk For Your Facility Leave a comment Read more »

Minimizing Risk For Your Facility

  Addressing issues that can increase occupant illness and reduce productivity. By Kristen Foth May 03, 2014, Cleaning and Maintenance Management Magazine A risk management plan is essential for any business. A thorough plan can be established by identifying and assessing all risks and then…


The 3 Legged Stool: People, Process and Technology--Part 2 Leave a comment Read more »

The 3 Legged Stool: People, Process and Technology–Part 2

In Part 1 of this three-part blog, I discussed the all important role that people play in delivering a safe, clean and disinfected environment for patients to recuperate in.  Although I was writing with hospitals in mind, I didn’t intend for it to be about…


The 3-Legged Stool: People, Process and Technology--Part 1 Leave a comment Read more »

The 3-Legged Stool: People, Process and Technology–Part 1

After being in the business of providing a safe, clean and disinfected environment in hospitals for the past 33 years, I have come to the conclusion that the best cleaning/disinfection program involves three basic elements: 1. People; 2. Process; and 3. Technology. In this 3…


Of Hospitals and Airplanes Leave a comment Read more »

Of Hospitals and Airplanes

On March 26, 2014, the media department of the CDC (U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) released this news, “Despite Progress, Ongoing Effort Needed to Combat Infections Impacting Hospital Patients” (go here: http://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2014/p0326-hospital-patients.html to read the news release). Here is a quote from the…


Infection Prevention Q & A Part 5--C. diff Cleaning Leave a comment Read more »

Infection Prevention Q & A Part 5–C. diff Cleaning

Question-What is the best cleaning procedure and product to use when cleaning C. diff patient’s room? Answer-The control of Clostridium difficile (C. diff) within an isolated patient’s room is essential for current and future patients. It’s the out of control nature of watery diarrhea that…


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