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|  Main Topic  |  Hygiene inHospitals and retirementHomes At the Marienhospital in Gelsenkirchen the contract cleaner relies on Keeping operating rooms clean requires manually treated covers. treated textiles, which are mainly prepped by machine. Photos: Denis Dedic/Stölting Treated mops make the difference at Marienhospital Gelsenkirchen it’s not just about hygiene At Marienhospital Gelsenkirchen, the 560-bed teaching facility of the University of Duisburg-Essen’s medical faculty, cleaning standards are high – and this is not only due to the many hygiene regulations. The service provider relies on treated mop covers for clean floors. The Stölting Service Group has been maintaining the hospi- the Marienhospital every day. “The biggest advantage is with- tals of St. Augustine in Gelsenkirchen since October 2014. The out a doubt the prevention of cross contamination,” explains Kai Marienhospital in Gelsenkirchen-Ückendorf is one of them. About Weber, who heads hospital cleaning at the Stölting group. Fresh 120 employees of the service provider work there, seven days a covers are used for each room in the hospital. Used covers go week. They have a lot to do. “We are not just cleaners, we’re really directly in the detachable disposal unit on the cleaning trolley. hygiene professionals,” says Halisa Demir, Stölting’s facility man- “That is particularly important for the sensitive zones, like san- ager for St. Augustine in Gelsenkirchen. And professional support itary areas and the kitchen. It enables us to achieve the highest also comes from the cleaning product and system used on-site. possible standard of cleaning and hygiene,” Weber emphasizes. Ecolab’s treated mop solution doesn’t just improve cleaning effi- Detergents and disinfectants are fed in during the wash cycle in ciency and conserve resources. the machine using a liquid batching system provided by Ecolab. Precise dosing also contributes to the safety of the cleaning staff Treated mops prevent cross contamination because the mop treatment process eliminates the need to handle The microfiber covers are soaked with detergents and disinfec- cleaning agents. tants during the machine washing, and this results in significant Still, hospital cleaning is always a challenge. “The regulations savings on the detergent front. The mops can be stored for up and instructions for maintaining hygiene at the required level to 72 hours afterwards. Manual pre-soaking is also possible if can be quite complex and there is the fear of doing something the washing machines are overloaded or the mops are used for wrong. In addition, inspections by senior hospital staff are fre- sensitive areas, like operating rooms. Each cleaner requires 50 quent,” says Halisa Demir, the facility manager. This all adds up covers per station, one per room. The clever layout of the system to extra pressure the cleaning staff must cope with time and again. trolley, which has large mop boxes and is specially designed for Moreover, they are also concerned about the risk of infectious the pre-soaked mop system, provides the necessary storage space diseases, which are more easily transmitted in a hospital than in for all the covers needed for one station. 3,000 mops are used at other places. However, the results are very satisfactory, explains 20 GLOBAL CLEANING | ISSUE 2016


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