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Crothall Healthcare releases Infection Prevention White Paper
US environmental services provider Crothall Healthcare (said to be the only healthcare cleaning company to achieve CIMS and CIMS-GB certifications, with honours, from ISSA) has announced the release of its Infection Prevention White Paper. Thisvcomprehensive and exhaustively researched document summarises both the importance of environmental hygiene to a hospital's infection prevention and control programme and Crothall's integrated environmental services approach to patient safety through reduced transmission of healthcare-associated infections.
The white paper examines Crothall's entire solution within the context of latest, evidence-based infection prevention and environmental hygiene research and is well documented and thoroughly explained by Crothall's multi-disciplinary research team, led by board-certified infection preventionist Steven J. Schweon, RN, MPH, MSN, CIC, HEM.
The document first lays out the case for the environment's role in the transmission of pathogens, explaining why environmental cleaning and disinfection is critical to the transmission of microorganisms that cause infectious diseases. It then details Crothall's integrated approach to IPC, including the training, education, supervision, and ongoing competency testing of housekeeping staff, the performance of rigorous and routine cleaning, with heightened focus on 'high touch' surfaces, the use of ATP bioluminescence monitoring to ensure cleaning quality and long-term trending, and the supplementation of this programme with technology, including UV sterilisation. Finally, it includes a hospital case study providing evidence that Crothall's approach is highly successful.
"For many years, we have invested extensive resources into the fight against HAIs. As a result, I am proud to say that we have a proven, integrated approach unrivalled in our industry," says Crothall Healthcare President Tom Racobaldo. "As the nation's largest environmental services provider, we have an important responsibility to the healthcare organisations and patients we serve."
Crothall Healthcare provides specialised, high-quality, innovative, and responsive support services to the healthcare industry, using a framework of people, process, and performance. Its core services include: Environmental Services, Patient Transportation, Laundry & Linen, Facilities Management, and Clinical Equipment Solutions. The company currently serves more than 1,200 healthcare clients in 38 states and employs over 30,000 associates.
The white paper is publicly available for download from Crothall's web site at:
17th May 2012