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Fear the Curtain--Part 1 Leave a comment Read more »

Fear the Curtain–Part 1

It has long been thought that environmental cleaning is a very important key to curbing the spread of cross-transmission in the patient-care environment.  Not to minimize meticulous handwashing by healthcare workers, but once hands are clean, they can quickly become contaminated if environmental surfaces are…

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Fear the Curtain-Part 3

In “Fear the Curtain” Parts 1 and 2, I attempted to define the current state of affairs as it relates to privacy curtains in hospitals. First, healthcare workers and patients frequently touch privacy curtains before, during and after care encounters. This may promote transfer of…

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Privacy Curtain Cleaning Solutions

By Ronnie Garrett – Housekeeping Solutions Magazine Research of hospitals indicates that both hard and porous surfaces (such as privacy curtains) in patient rooms are contaminated with pathogens and potentially dangerous bacteria such as MRSA (methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus) and VRE (vancomycin-resistant enterococcus). “The problem with…

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Cleaning for Health-What You Can’t See, Can Hurt You! (Part I)

The world around us is made of both seen and unseen hazards. At times the hazards that one sees are enough to make you tremble in fear. But, the “unseen” should hold equal dread and fear. While one can arm himself for defense against the…

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The War is On!

The well-trained, well-equipped Housekeeper is at the front-lines in the war against healthcare acquired infections and the WAR IS ON! The housekeeper is honest, hard-working and often overlooked. She struggles to make ends meet; get the kids ready for school; worries about her husband’s work…

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Hospital Associated Infections and the ES Department

  The Environmental Services worker is on the front-line in the battle against Healthcare Associated Infections (HAI’s). Without ES in the trenches, these organisms could easily gain a foothold in any hospital in any place in the world. Such organisms cause bacterial and fungal infections…

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