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How comprehensive carpet care processes play into an infection prevention program

Most people think of doctors and nurses as the professionals who keep patients healthy. Hidden in the shadows, however, the cleaning staff is playing a role just as important — preventing the spread of infectious diseases.

In healthcare facilities, infection control is top of mind, and the health of employees, patients and visitors depends on keeping the environment immaculately clean. With that, vacuums that promote a healthy indoor air environment are important to an infection control program.

Healthcare facilities can be compromised when dust is present in unseen spaces, which is why dust removal is paramount in all infection control programs. While dust may appear innocuous, it could have significant health impacts.

Dusty surfaces have been shown to be a cause of hospital-acquired infections. Those with a weakened immune system have a higher likelihood for acquiring an infection, making healthcare facilities even more sensitive and at risk.

Without infection control, patients can experience prolonged healing times or can acquire additional illnesses, and a healthcare facility can pay hefty fines and damage its reputation.

“When the primary focus is to get patients well without causing other problems, it’s imperative to have vacuums that contain and remove contaminants,” says Scott Uselman, manager and head of sales with High Point Sanitary Solutions in Houston. “Filters and maintenance considerations are insignificant compared to the cost of dealing with hospital-acquired infections.”

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