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Tackling Dirt and Disease in Hospitals

Clean and hygienic hospitals are a priority for society. They are where people go to be treated and feel safe, and as such, there should be no concern when it comes to their cleanliness and condition. Due to the concentration of infections, bacteria and dangerous substances in these buildings, sterilisation and containment are of paramount importance. So why then is there so much talk surrounding hospital acquired infections? And why so much concern regarding the “state” of certain wards?
 
Well, the hospitals in the UK adhere to some of the strictest health and safety guidelines in the world, but they cannot escape the presence of disease and germs. Nor can they completely eliminate their spread, though there are measures they can take to limit the damage done.
 
That is why Relkogroup offers such comprehensive and specialist cleaning services. As the premier cleaning company in Birmingham, we have extensive knowledge and experience when it comes to cleaning and sanitising various environments. Of course, hospitals require such specialist cleaning that hiring professional cleaning services is a necessity, rather than just an option.
 
To really understand the impact the work carried out by companies like Relkogroup has though, we need to understand the risks present and the prevention methods in effect at hospitals.
 
Know Your Enemy: The Hospital Acquired Infections
 
MRSA

Also known as the Superbug, MRSA is a bacterial infection carried on the skin and in the nose and throat. Easily contracted, it normally causes irritations such as boils and impetigo, but if it finds its way into the bloodstream via an open wound or broken skin, it can cause serious health issues. It is a common infection in hospitals, but the risk of transmission is reduced by hand washing, germ control and containment of those infected. There are screenings available for those who think they are at risk of suffering from or contracting MRSA.
 
Clostridium Difficile

C. Difficile spores can live on surfaces for up to five months, and they are most commonly found in bathrooms where the sinks, toilets and floors are rife with germs and spores. The use of antibiotics can actually increase the risk of infection, so treatment is tricky, making prevention far more effective than cure. To reduce the risk of C. Difficile you need to decontaminate surfaces, and even entire rooms, with bleach or disinfectant specially developed to target and kill C. Difficile spores.
 
There are other hospital-acquired infections that are antibiotic resistant, but these two are the most common – and often the most serious. Though different measures are taken in hospitals, there are three main principles behind reducing the risk and preventing the spread of these infections. Click here for more information on our office cleaning services!
 
The Prevention Methods

Hand washing is one prevention method that can be encouraged, but not strictly controlled which makes it unreliable. Hospital-acquired infections are generally antibiotic resistant, so treatment is limited, and it is impractical to stop people using antibiotics, even in an attempt to lower the infections’ resistance. The only other sensible and practical prevention method is cleaning.
 
Microbiologists have not found a definitive link between dirt and hospital-acquired infections, but it makes sense that a build-up of grime will lead to a build-up of bacteria and that bacteria will make people sick.
 
There is a difference though, between a hospital that looks clean and a hospital that is clean on a microbiological level. Dirt and grime are only visual indicators; you need a professional cleaning service to really give the area a deep clean.
 
Of course, there are all sorts of expensive and new-fangled experimental measures for cleaning hospitals, but good old-fashioned cleaning is a simple, cost-effective and easily controlled method of keeping hospitals clean and infection-free. So call www.relkogroup.com today and discuss what we can do for your medical premises.