American Society for Healthcare Environmental Services (ASHES) Executive Director Patty Costello comments on its National Environmental Services Performance Indicators (NESPI) in a recent Health Leaders Media article. NESPI, launched in September 2005, is an initiative that uses online surveys and Internet applications to collect data to determine the proper staffing levels needed for the cleanliness and safety of medical facilities.

Costello comments that although square footage and demographics are important in the process, the cleaning standard and frequency of cleaning in each facility should be the measure. NESPI documents a facility’s cleaning schedule and procedures via an in-depth questionnaire that is filled out by environmental service professionals. The objective is to allow hospitals to compare their performance on a national level and encourage them to make necessary changes to keep pace with the competition.

More information on this program is hoped to be available in the coming months.

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