Today’s healthcare facilities need to be ultra-clean in order to reduce the likelihood of Healthcare Associated Infections (HAIs), and achieve higher HCAHPS scores.
As such, today’s hospital Environmental Services (EVS) professionals have to continually be the stewards of providing a clean and safe facility. However, in order to meet these challenges, EVS professionals need to use strong solutions that kill bacteria on an ongoing basis.
One of the most significant unintended side effects of these types of solutions is odor from hydrogen peroxide, bleach, and other chemicals. From compromising the care environment to negatively impacting overall staff productivity, these odors can have a negative impact on an entire healthcare facility.
These are some insights from a recent Healthcare Facilities Today article by Bob Dunklau, Vice President/Chief Operating Officer for OMI Industries, Inc., Fresh Wave IAQ, and Fresh Wave Natural Odor Eliminating Products.
Dunklau also discussed how today’s eco-friendly odor mitigations solutions are both safe and effective for countering these challenges. For example, one hospital system in the Northwest opted to begin using the Fresh Wave IAQ M130 Vapor Phase Unit, which disperses Fresh Wave IAQ Air & Surface Liquid odor eliminating solution, for quickly eliminating residual harsh chemical odors from floor stripping activities.
The M130 proved to be a highly effective solution, and resulted in dramatically reducing odor complaints from staff, patients, and visitors. The hospital has also been able to use the units while the staff works (during regular business hours) — cutting down on labor costs while helping to expedite room turnover.
Thanks to today’s eco-friendly odor mitigation solutions, EVS professionals now have the opportunity to create a cleaner, healthier environment that positively impacts HCAHPS scores, and enhances business return-on- investment.