The world has changed
As we wake up each day, we are acutely aware that the world has changed.
While the world goes into lockdown, governments and health authorities encourage social distancing, hand washing or sanitizing using alcohol rubs, personal protection masks, adequate sleep, avoidance of anyone with symptoms and cleaning and disinfection of touchpoints. All these measures are encouraged worldwide to reduce the chance of you picking up the COVID-19 and potentially spreading it.
When everybody needs to stay home, healthcare workers are encouraged to go into battle on the frontlines. They are being sent into Hospitals, buildings that we know have the virus in its patients, on its surfaces, in its air and even in other staff not yet showing symptoms.
“While we distance ourselves from the virus, they are getting closer to it.”
“While we rest 8 hours a night, many of them are lucky to get 4 hours.”
“They need PPE and they can’t get it”
Doctors, Nurses, Paramedics, Physiotherapists, Radiographers, Medical students and also cleaning staff, even non-clinical staff like receptionists, administrative workers, maintenance staff, engineers and kitchen staff who work throughout the building are all connected to healthcare workers on the front line.
The whole healthcare sector needs more supply of infectious cleaning products and training and both are very limited or simply not available.
Why do you need to join Clean Hospitals?
In this high-pressure situation, our hospital network is at boiling point and what’s on the inside is now coming out and being noticed.
Many, many individuals and teams of healthcare workers are being praised for their heroic actions, teams of cleaners are being clapped at the end of their shift, and the general public is in praise of how our healthcare workers are putting their lives and their families lives in danger.
COVID-19 has already shown us that viruses spread when cases are concentrated in cruise ships, hospitals, aged care facilities and that cross contamination not only occurs through patient to patient contact but also through touching of infected surfaces within a facility and touching your face.
Correctly cleaned healthcare facilities are an essential need for our healthcare workers to survive and be able to save lives.
They spend more time at work than at home and if the hospital they work in are subject to transmit infections then chances are they will too, it’s just a matter of time.
Changing the culture in healthcare environmental hygiene
Last year, Clean Hospitals was launched www.cleanhospitals.com and the objective is changing the culture in healthcare environmental hygiene.
There is much to be done to ensure our hospitals are clean and safe for our healthcare workers, their families and patients.
Our group is looking at all aspects like training and education, universal hospital cleaning standards, systems to programme and validate efficiency, quality and efficacy of cleaning and disinfection, auditing and more.