Simone Martha

At my LTCH we have an environmental department who is responsible for daily cleaning and disinfecting of each unit. One environmental staff is assigned per unit, however it has to be a team effort approached. As a unit Supervisor, myself, PSW and other Unit Supervisors will clean and disinfect commonly used areas and equipment, e.g nursing station, telephones, medcarts, BP machines and thermometers at the beginning of each shift. In combination there are also set weekly schedules for cleaning and disinfecting medical equipment including medication fridge, clients beds and bedside tables. I also think it is important to maintain good communication with the assigned environmental staff so that any lapses on both sides can be communicated, this process requires a team effort.