STEP BY STEP: Health First Explains How They Keep Their Hospitals Disinfected and in Tip-Top Shape

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Sodexo Healthcare follows specific protocols when disinfecting hospital waiting rooms

When it comes to keeping Health First hospitals clean, waiting rooms are a high-traffic area that is heavily scrutinized – and kept disinfected and in tip-top shape. (Health First image)

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – When it comes to keeping Health First hospitals clean, waiting rooms are a high-traffic area that is heavily scrutinized – and kept disinfected and in tip-top shape.

Not only are these common areas important when it comes to sanitation, but they’re also a place of first impressions.

“We keep those areas very clean, organized and very neat,” said Dan Bowen, Vice President and Administrator of Health First’s Palm Bay Hospital. “That tells a story as well.”

Like hospital rooms, surgical suites and emergency rooms, the Environmental Services Department, contracted by Sodexo Healthcare, follows specific protocols when disinfecting hospital waiting rooms.

Associates wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) make sure the area is adequately ventilated and set up hazard signs. Light furniture and equipment are moved so every surface and object can be sanitized.

The seven-step cleaning process is carried out:

■ Pull trash and linen
■ Complete the high-dust process
■ Damp wipe all contact surfaces
■ Thoroughly clean the restroom
■ Dust mop properly
■ Damp-mop all appropriate areas
■ Inspect the work according to Sodexo standards

Also done are the following:

■ Any phones in the waiting area are disinfected
■ Carpet or furniture stains are reported
■ Hazard warning signs are left out until the floor is dry and final check inspection is complete

Not only are these common areas important when it comes to sanitation, but they’re also a place of first impressions. (Health First image)
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