Apr 14, 2016
Housekeeping’s contribution to patient safety by KSB Hospital Housekeeping Director Jamey Postlewaite
There are many threatening infectious diseases in all healthcare settings, such as MRSA, C-Diff, TB, Staph, and Influenza, to name a few. KSB Hospital’s Environmental Services team uses processes and technology to help prevent the spread of infection.
When a patient is admitted to the hospital, during the patient’s stay, their room will be cleaned and disinfected on a daily basis using Spacecare QL, Quantum Leap, processes. This ensures a consistent, systematic approach to cleaning each patient room. Utilizing the newest microfiber technology available today each room receives “one cloth and one mop”, no cross contamination.
Upon discharge, patient rooms are cleaned and sanitized. Recently, the department has added newer technology and are using the mobile Aseptix UV disinfecting system (see picture), by Sanuvox. This delivers ultraviolet light to rooms damaging the molecular structure of the DNA of a microorganism, in turn, killing the germs that cause infections. Once the room has been cleaned and disinfected, one of our checks and balances is the Glow Gel inspection. Glow Gel is applied throughout the room, and the room is inspected using a black light (see picture). Our goal while utilizing the Glow Gel is to have a 100% disinfected rate, and we are currently meeting that goal.
Pam Mohr, Housekeeping Coordinator, rounds with 5 Med/Surg patients daily for feedback on their hospital stay experience with the Environmental Services Team. As of 04/07/16, the goal of rounding with five patients daily is being achieved 100% of the time.
Universal Precautions has always been practiced within Housekeeping. Spacecare QL is designed to provide a sanitary environment consistently where ever we clean. We are focused on the safety of our patient, visitors, and staff.