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A proactive and regular cleaning strategy, as well as efficient and strict housekeeping, disinfection, and waste disposal schedule, are all part of lowering the risk of HAIs. Indoor air quality, cross ventilation, and sunlight are also essential.
Fremont, CA: Healthcare facilities today, whether in hospitals, specialized care centers, nursing homes, or any other type of medical center, are constantly attempting to strike a balance between a wide range of equally important priorities.
From the moment patients enter the reception area to the time they leave, hospital administrators must ensure that everyone receives high-quality patient care, that their stay is infection-free, and that the premises are secure and safe.
This is made all the more difficult by the fact that they must do so on a shoestring budget, with limited resources, and under constant regulatory scrutiny.
To make this all happen, the maintenance team's primary focus should be on creating an environment that constantly supports the best delivery of each of these priorities.
With that in mind, here is a look at some of the most pressing maintenance issues confronting healthcare facilities today, as well as potential solutions.
Cleanliness and Hygiene
When it comes to preventing the spread of any type of infection, cleanliness and hygiene are critical.
Of course, these healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) or nosocomial infections should be avoided in the first place because they are associated with high mortality and costs. A proactive and regular cleaning strategy, as well as efficient and strict housekeeping, disinfection, and waste disposal schedule, are all part of lowering the risk of HAIs. Indoor air quality, cross ventilation, and sunlight are also essential.
Every establishment would need to develop its own infection control and cleaning program, as this is critical for maintaining the highest possible standards of cleanliness and hygiene.
Control of Operational Cost
As healthcare costs continue to rise, hospitals worldwide will be concerned about how to keep operating costs under control to remain profitable. In the US, for example, during a recent survey of several hospitals, administrators cited costs as their top concern for improvement in order to meet their financial goals.
As a result, in order to stay afloat, it is necessary to conduct extensive cost-cutting research. Lean management is a methodology that can be used to achieve quick wins in operational cost savings. Adopting lean principles in healthcare can help to reduce waste in all processes through a continuous improvement system.