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Infection Prevention with Darrel Hicks

Darrel Hicks

Question: What are the top SIX activities in cleaning that will have the greatest impact on safety and health?
Answer: Here is my list of the top SIX activities necessary to impact the health and safety of our public.

Train and retrain housekeepers (custodial staff) that their role is NOT cleaning for appearance sake, but for “health’s sake.” For too long we have judged the cleanliness of surfaces based on a shiny floor, smudge-free glass, spot-free carpet and a clean nice smelling restroom. The indoor environmental surfaces can be clean, but unhealthy or unsanitary. BUT, if those same surfaces are healthy and sanitary, THEY ARE CLEAN! There is a science to cleaning and disinfecting. The Environmental Services (ES) staff performs both the a.) Clinical function of removing and inactivating/killing HAI producing microbes, and, b.) The practical function of cleaning by restoring the room to order after soil removal activities are completed.

The time has come to turn cleaning professionals into Certified Environmental Services Technicians (CEST). Moreover, infection prevention will only become a reality when the CEST is properly regarded, educated and equipped. The certified technician must be: a) Well trained and coached; b) Equipped with the necessary tools to clean, sanitize and/or disinfect; c) Allotted time to do the necessary tasks; d) Provided the tools to enable scientific measurement of “clean”; e) Educated about the prevention and transmission of disease.

Train those who clean that there is a pattern for cleaning; Clean the room from top, down and from the cleanest part of the room to the dirtiest; leave the rest room for last. When cleaning the “patient zone” (the area 3′ [1 meter] around the patient’s bed, including the bed rails); use a fresh, clean cloth for the patient’s zone.

Never double dip a cleaning cloth. Set up a bucket of properly diluted disinfectant at the beginning of the shift; add 10-15 microfiber cloths to the bucket. Reach into the bucket for a clean, disinfectant-charged cloth; NEVER return (double dip) a soiled cloth into the solution bucket. The analogy I like to use is this; when you pull a disposable disinfectant wipe from a container and use it to wipe a soiled surface, do you return it to the container? No, it is disposed of. The same should be true for soiled microfiber cleaning cloths…they are put into a bag to be laundered daily.

Using a quaternary ammonium disinfectant with “retired” cotton cleaning cloths (i.e., surgical towels, terry cloth towels and washcloths) and mops is counterproductive. Unfortunately, this combination is used in most hospitals and hotels. The cotton in these retired cloths inactivates quat disinfectants by binding the active ingredients to the cotton rather than releasing them to the surface. This happens within 5 minutes of introducing cotton to the bucket of quat disinfectant. In fact, you might as well be using water after 5 minutes because the ppm of active ingredients is out of specification for EPA registration. At that point, you are using the product “in a manner inconsistent with the manufacturer’s label” and are in violation of US federal law.

Regardless of whether or not a “One-Step” disinfect (manufacturer claims surfaces do not need to be pre-cleaned) or a “Two-Step” disinfectant (must be applied to pre-cleaned surfaces) is being used, the surface SHOULD be cleaned with a general purpose cleaner and a high denier microfiber cloth for soil removal and followed by the disinfectant of choice. The AOAC testing that is done on disinfectants before submitting them to the US EPA for registration is “in the presence of 5% blood serum.” If surface soil is greater than 5%, the disinfectant is most likely over challenged (ineffective due to the soil load). For a surface to have greater than a 5% soil load, the soil most likely is NOT VISIBLE. If 90-95% of the soil (and micro-soil) can be removed with a general-purpose cleaner and superior microfiber cloth, most of the food and moisture necessary for microorganisms to survive on a surface are removed. Then, the disinfectant that is applied has a much better chance of killing the remaining microorganisms.

Has your department certified your staff? Follow this link to the CEST course online.

Virtual Classroom Series

Need information.  Can’t get away.  Don’t have time.

This series of Virtual classes has been designed for you.

These 3 are the first in the series of 1 hour, interactive, virtual classes.

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These sessions are not webinars, where you listen to a one hour presentation while doing something else,  then maybe ask a few questions where you find out the presenter doesn’t really know the topic.

Here, you will interact with our instructor during his presentation.  Questions are asked as we go through the outlined material.

The sessions are scheduled for one hour, but with your questions being answered, be ready to spend as long as you can.

Sign up now for one or all of these classes and experience this new form of class for the cleaning industry.

Want to attend a full certification class, check out our online or hands on campuses for more information.

After the class, don’t forget to ask for your Coupon towards a full Accredited Cleaning Expert certification course.

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Your Instructor:  David Thompson, Director of the Academy of Cleaning Excellence.

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Mr. Thompson has been in the facility maintenance industry for over 45 years with experiences as a K-12 custodian, Building Services Contractor (BSC), cleaning consultant and has been educating frontline service personnel for over 3 decades.
His Mantra:
“I am a Janitor and I Save Lives”

Ensuring The Efficacy Of Disinfectants

Darrel Hicks will be in Orlando the week of July 17-21, instructing an ISSA/CITS Certified EVS Technician and Leadership course to those who are looking to advance their knowledge, skills and proficiency.  See the details here.

Here is a recent article written by Mr. Hicks and published in Facility Cleaning Decisions.fireChair

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) might make the job of cleaning and disinfecting much more difficult for those in the business of providing clean and sanitary public spaces. Managers in the know may have already read the report, but not all realize how it relates to a hospital, medical facility, ambulatory, or long-term care center.

It is common knowledge that antimicrobial pesticides are designed to destroy or suppress harmful bacteria, viruses, and other microorganisms on inanimate objects and surfaces in healthcare settings. – See more at: http://www.cleanlink.com/hs/article/Ensuring-The-Efficacy-Of-Disinfectants–20820#sthash.SZ55w4m8.dpuf

January 2017 – ISSA Master Green Technicians

These five individuals just graduated, January 20th, 2017 the ISSA Cleaning Industry Training Standards, Master Green Technician course, provided through GCI Certified and instructed at the A.C.E. Academy of Cleaning Excellence in downtown Orlando.

During five days of instruction, they earned certification in Customer Service, HAZMAT, Restroom, Carpet and Hard Floor Care, just to name a few.

Additionally, they started the process in how to build a sell sheet, how to create a WOW statement and found out the principals of workloading.

First Masters Class of 2017
First Masters Class of 2017

Right to left, Jason, Pascale, Brigitte, Geovanny, Jon and Dave the Instructor

Pascale has this to say about the class.

After two years of being in the janitorial industry and with minimal training, finally I have found the background information to understand the importance of my business. Not only do I now know the changes I need to make for my company and how to be a safer place for employees, but in my personal life as well.  I would recommend that any new employee, mid-level and/or executive level managers should take the valuable course, as it will open your eyes and mind to see how our industry impacts the life of others everyday.

 

You can view the complete schedule of classes by clicking here.

Keep current on what is going on at the A.C.E. Academy of Cleaning Excellence by tuning in to Beyond Clean With Dave every Friday afternoon, 1 PM Eastern.

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