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Author: Matthew Stowe

Parkview Community Hospital Foundation – J. Dee Lansing 36th Annual Golf Tournament Parkview Community Hospital held its 36th Annual Charity Golf Tournament, at Journey at Pechanga, August 31st and September 1st. Journey is found in Temecula, California. New additions to the tournament included a full two day format and a golf shop. This was a great event! OctoClean, sponsoring for the 8th consecutive year, had a booth...

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Outsourcing ES - A Everyday Business Miracle

A spic and span hospital environment (on a both surface and molecular level) is an indisputable must in order to promote patient health, lower Healthcare Acquired Infection (HAIs) rates, keep regulatory agencies such as Joint Commission at bay, and score highly on the “always clean” portion of the HCAHPS survey. Despite the central role an Environmental Services department plays in a hospital’s successful functioning, running such a...

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Handwashing

If I tell you that it’s Global Handwashing Day today and that it’s important to spread the word about proper hand washing tell me, what is your first response? If you’re anything like me, your first reaction might be to yawn and tell me that you mastered handwashing in preschool or kindergarten, right around the time you got your ABC’s down pat. Well, handwashing, like many things...

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I recently made a purchase of a large ticket item for our hospital’s Environmental Services Department. A brand new 20" battery burnisher sold by a major manufacturer. Although the procurement process went smoothly there have been a few hiccups in obtaining warranty support from the manufacturer. Though the vendor I purchased the burnisher from has been very supportive, this experience reminded me of the importance...

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In our last post we talked about the importance of proper cleaning in Environmental Services and how many hospitals are unwittingly doing a poor job of it. In a presentation for the CDC on “The Role of Environmental Cleaning in Preventing HAIs”, Dr. Keith Woeltje of the Washington University School of Medicine cited studies that showed that though most hospital surfaces looked clean, their current...

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I cannot tell you how many times a day people walk into our office, sniff the air and say, “Wow, it smells really nice and clean in here”. I am always flattered and glad to hear this. We are a janitorial services company after all, so keeping things clean is our bread and butter. However, as nice as it is to hear these compliments, the...

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What are CRE? CRE stands for carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae. Quite a mouthful right? Carbapenem are last resort antibiotics and Enterobacteriaceae are bacteria normally found in the human gut. If we put those together, we’ve got bacteria that are nearly impossible to treat with anything in our current arsenal of antibiotics. They are also lethal. Some strains have been known to kill up to 50% of those people...

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Recently I was at a Chamber of Commerce function and someone asked me about the difference between cleaning an office and a medical facility. To best answer this question the first thing we need to establish is what is clean? And the truth is that it depends. “Clean” in an office is different than “clean” in a hospital. “But why?” you say. “Isn’t there a universally...

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Let me tell you a story of the hardest, slowest and costliest floor job in my cleaning history. . . My girlfriend and future wife was away at school in London and I needed to make some quick money doing extra work. I had stripped floors from time to time with my Dad in our family janitorial business so I figured I would take a floor...

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Many of us have been trained to use systems. We use them to be more efficient and productive. There is one system, however, that runs through all areas of our lives that is not helpful but destructive. This system contains very important ingredients (control, dependence, distrust and scarcity) and we find it at work all around us. This system is called FEAR. Inside of this unconscious system...

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