We all know that frequently-touched objects like door knobs and railings can be hotbeds of germs. We also know that disinfecting these surfaces regularly can reduce the transmission of viruses and bacteria. However, we often neglect one of the greatest sources of transmission, the one right under our feet — flooring.
Hospital floors see a lot of foot traffic from visitors, staff and patients. They can also spread unwanted germs. Focusing on floor care as infection control can help reduce this transmission and make safer, cleaner, healthier spaces.
Regular Cleaning is Essential
And we aren’t just talking about a quick sweep with a broom or dust mop! To reduce transmission in your facility, you’ll need to create a comprehensive plan for your floors that includes regular cleaning and disinfection.
Create a Spill Plan
Healthcare facilities deal with fluids each and every day, and some are hazardous. Spills are inevitable, and if they aren’t immediately cleaned, there’s an increased risk of spreading pathogens and bacteria throughout the facility.
Develop a plan for dealing with spills as soon as they happen. Spills should be cleaned quickly and the affected area must be sanitized. The quicker you act, the more you reduce the risk of infection.
Conduct Regular Floor Checks
High levels of foot traffic isn’t the only concern for hospital floors — they also take a beating from heavy-wheeled traffic, like beds and heavy equipment that are often moved across departments and floors. All of this traffic can seriously damage floors over time, and peeling or cracked floors are harder to clean and disinfect. They also pose fall risks. Keep tabs on your floor and make a plan to fix any areas needing attention as soon as possible.
Taking these steps to care for your floors is crucial to the health of your employees, visitors and patients. Don’t let your floors be a hotbed for infection! Shop our online catalog for everything you need to keep your floors clean and safe.