Advancing Patient Room Cleaning Compliance and Helping Reduce Healthcare-associated Infection Rates with Gillette Children’s Hospital
2020 brought heightened awareness and scrutiny for how we keep our spaces clean, particularly in healthcare settings. But the importance of preventing the spread of germs on surfaces has been a priority for Gillette Children’s since before COVID-19. Gillette Children’s is a specialty healthcare center focused on children with disabilities and complex medical needs in Minnesota. The hospital wanted to identify opportunities to adjust their patient room cleaning practices to increase environmental cleaning compliance and help decrease healthcare-associated infections (HAIs), which can be contracted by patients coming into contact with unclean hands or surfaces while receiving medical treatment. This would help ensure patient rooms are consistently cleaned.
Ecolab partnered with Gillette Children’s to implement its Ecolab Patient Room Program, which helps ensure patient rooms are consistently cleaned.
The program uses OxyCide™ Daily Disinfectant Cleaner with sporicidal activity to clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces like sinks and tabletops in combination with Ecolab's patented DAZO® Fluorescent Marking Gel and UV flashlight to quickly and objectively measure how thoroughly surfaces have been cleaned. Importantly, because OxyCide disinfects and cleans surfaces simultaneously, Gillette Children’s was able to streamline their cleaning procedures, saving staff time and labor costs while continuing to reduce potential exposure to HAIs.
The program also features dashboards to track and share DAZO® room cleanliness results and identify actionable opportunities for additional hands-on training with a dedicated local account executive to assist with hospital implementation and training, monitor progress and analyze performance metrics to help ensure program success down to a department, team, individual or object level.
The Patient Room Program helped establish a clear and sustained relationship between increased monitoring, feedback and training and help decreased incidence of HAIs. Gillette Children’s saw high-touch surface cleaning compliance increase from 37% to 90% and saw a 65% decrease in HAIs in the same three-year period, helping drive productivity by increasing patient bed turnover and most importantly keeping children safe during their stay.
Gillette Children’s was able to streamline their cleaning procedures, saving staff time and labor costs while continuing to reduce potential exposure to HAIs.