Cold and flu season, what a pain! Yes, pun intended. Being prepared to combat this time of year, especially in your work environment, can be a challenge. Of course, no one has to tell you how many germs float around in a medical office every day. Likely, every countertop in your office is “decorated” with hand sanitizers, while bathrooms boldly remind everyone to “WASH YOUR HANDS”. But, more work is required to prevent the spread of germs. This article will offer helpful reminders to keep your medical office clean this flu season.
1. Stay Home If You’re Sick!
Staying home if you’re sick – “not an option” you might say? Well, consider the consequences. How many touch surfaces do you come in contact with at your office? Too many to count? Door handles, cabinet handles, shared mobile devices, clipboards, faucet handles, and the list goes on. These can all be considered germ bearing potentials – both in terms of ‘leaving behind’ germs as well as ‘picking up’ germs.
Of course, no medical office can be completely free of bacteria and other illness-causing germs. But, if you venture into your medical office you put yourself and others at all the more greater risk. The saying ‘an ounce of prevention is worth more than a pound of cure’ most certainly applies here. Preventative containment by not coming to work sick is more effective than trying to clean and sanitize germs you’ve left behind. So, why not just stay home, get the rest you need and you will be back to work soon enough!
2. Keep Your Personal Workspace Sanitized
Keeping your personal workspace clean and sanitized may seem like common sense. However, how often do you sanitize wipe your keyboard, mouse, desk, conference tables and other touchpoints in your office? During cold and flu season, it may not be overkill to sanitize wipe your work areas at least once per day, if not more. Do you eat in your office? If so, it may be wise to sanitize wipe your eating area before each use.
Having a supply of sanitizing wipes close by can make this quite convenient. Regularly scheduled sanitizing cleans can greatly reduce the germ load in your office or personal workspace, thus offering a level of protection to you and visitors. It is advisable to look for wipes that contain verbiage on appropriate levels of germ-killing effectiveness for your environment. Here’s an example using the common Clorox Disinfecting Wipes (again for example purposes only):
- Kills 99.9% of germs that can live on surfaces for up to 48 hours
- Kills 99.9% of Viruses* and Bacteria
- Kills Staph, E. coli, Salmonella, Strep
3. Contract a Professional Medical Office Cleaning Company
The first two tips, that of staying home if your sick and sanitizing your personal workspace are certainly helpful, but also personal in scope. What about the appropriate rotational cleaning needs of your entire healthcare facility? Entrance door handles, waiting rooms, exam rooms, common area bathrooms and the like can be dense hubs of sickness-inducing germs. Professional cleaning by an experienced healthcare facility cleaning company can be considered vital.
It is important to work with your cleaning company to ensure the appropriate quantity of cleanings, a well-designed task-based cleaning program, and the correct germ-killing cleaning agents. An experienced commercial cleaning company can assist you with all these requirements.
Foreman Pro Cleaning – We Can Help!
While there is much that we can personally do to prevent cold and flu from spreading, nothing can take the place of a deep clean, especially in a medical office. Professionally cleaning medical offices from top to bottom takes time and experience. But, since the health of everyone who enters your office is so important, then it is a highly recommended investment. Let us help!
Contact us today, and we’ll get started on your custom cleaning program. And of course, we’ll help keep your medical office clean this flu season!