When patients enter a hospital, they usually assume that they’ll leave healthier than when they arrived. And they certainly shouldn’t expect that the facility will make them sicker. Unfortunately, due in part to poor healthcare cleaning, patients can contract Healthcare Associated Infections (HAI’s) during their hospital stay. In fact, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention has reported that one of every 20 patients contract an infection annually while hospitalized, 100,000 of whom will die from it. Clean and healthy hospitals make extraordinary efforts to prevent these infections, and it’s important that you find the ones that do.
Since March of 2008, hospitals that receive financial assistance from Medicare have used the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) survey. Questions in these surveys cover communication with doctors, communication with nurses, responsiveness of hospital staff, pain control, communication about medicines, healthcare cleaning and quietness of environment, and discharge information. Once processed, the results are made public on Medicare’s consumer website.
Compare and contrast. In order to help consumers to evaluate hospital performance, some nonprofit and private organizations offer consumers rating and comparison tools. While some provide access to performance data at individual hospitals, others track performance over areas like types of care and healthcare cleaning.
Don’t just follow ratings or awards hospitals receive. Go to the source. Talk to your doctor. Physicians know what qualifies as optimal care, and they can provide you with information that fits your individual needs. Go with your gut, too. How does the hospital make you feel? Does it look and smell clean? Do the staff members make you feel comfortable?
In light of recent findings on HAI’s and other healthcare concerns, superior healthcare cleaning is more important than ever. Jani-King understands the higher stakes hospitals and healthcare facilities face, and you can trust the specialists to provide a detailed clean that exceeds standards, every time.
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