Summer! The season of biking, swimming, campfires, lemonade, and running around barefoot. Hospitals and emergency rooms, however, know it by a different name: trauma season.
Researchers have noted that the number of traumatic injury cases hospitals see in children (generally from outdoor activities) will nearly double in the time between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Double the trouble! Trauma injuries in adults generally increase by 25-30% during summer.
This overall increase in traumatic injuries and hospital visits also means a higher risk for infections to spread. ServiceMaster Green of Des Moines, IA understands the importance of maintaining a clean healthcare facility, and we want to help your facility set the standard for patient care.
The most common summer injuries hospitals see include:
• Bicycling-related injuries
• Lawn mower accidents
• Swimming injuries
• ATV, dirt bike and motorcycle injuries
• Trampoline injuries
• Joint injuries
• Amusement rides
• Gunshot wounds
• Foot injuries
Many of these injuries are more than just a knee scrape, and can require surgical procedures.
Research done by the Duke Infection Control Outreach Network found that the rate of surgical site infections (SSIs) is significantly higher in the months of June, July, and August than the rest of the year. Their research was published in the journal of Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology and included data from 15 of the most common procedures performed in 20 hospitals between the years 2007-2012.
Trauma season is no joke when it comes to cleanliness, which is why we ensure that our services are implemented using informed best practices in the cleaning industry. Our cleaning teams have been certified in both Levels 1 and 2 of healthcare cleaning.
Level 1: Behavioral health centers, educational and professional healthcare buildings, and doctor/dental offices.
Level 2: Operating rooms fall under healthcare cleaning Level 2 as they require greater sensitivity in cleaning.
Training of our green cleaning teams is frequent and comprehensive. When we train our employees for commercial cleaning of medical facilities, we focus on:
• Infection control
• Safety and security regulatory compliance
• Common problem areas identified by medical professionals
• Special cleaning procedures for exam rooms, nurses’ stations, and utility rooms
• Quality assurance
Quality infection control usually requires the use of powerful chemicals, but such harsh chemicals can be potentially damaging and risky to use in rooms used to serve patients. The ServiceMaster Green process has found a way to meet CDC, JCAHO, and HIPAA regulatory standards for medical facility cleanliness, while still embracing the value of the natural environment.
Here’s how we do it:
1) Our cleaning process uses less-harmful products (better for patients, visitors, and healthcare personnel).
2) Our products meet all of the qualifications for the Green Seal GS-42 certification (Mother Nature approved).
3) Our cleaning technology has produced great results for over 50 years (squeaky clean for you).
ServiceMaster Green of Des Moines guarantees quality clean services. Just like you, we strive to create a healing environment for your patients and a clean and healthy one for visitors and medical staff. Contact us today to learn how we can partner with you to protect human health as well as the health of the environment.