Carlinville Area Hospital recognizes staff

Carlinville Area Hospital recognizes staff

CARLINVILLE (March 1, 2018) – Carlinville Area Hospital (CAH) recognizes the housekeeping and infection Prevention Staff for recent prevention and patient safety improvements. This winter, CAH partnered with Aramark to upgrade the traditional cleaning cloths to microfiber cleaning cloths to assist in removing dirt and germs from surfaces more effectively than traditional cleaning cloths. Also, traditional curtains were replaced with disposable ones. These curtains are replaced frequently to decrease the risk of germs spreading from their surfaces.

The housekeeping staff is also being recognized for the excellent job they do in cleaning the patient rooms and the facility. CAH now uses ATP testing to benchmark cleaning effectiveness.

ATP (adenosine triphosphate) testing, tests clean room surfaces for remaining contamination. In the most recent testing, only 4% of the hospital’s surfaces tested positive for remaining contamination. This was an impressive score as the overall hospital average of other hospitals using this system is 66% remain contaminated.

A clean healthcare environment is extremely important in decreasing the spread of infection to the hospital’s patients and visitors and we are proud of our continuous focus on the aspect of patient safety.

The housekeeping staff was recently recognized for prevention and patient safety improvements at Carlinville Area Hospital, back row, from left, are: Judy Eaves, Lee Walton, Mary Cunningham and Art Gunning; front row, from left, are Carol Wilson, Cheryl Haarstick, Laura Moffitt and Brittany Gulley.