On Saturday 10 October we celebrate the first Clean Hospitals Day. This is an event organised by Clean Hospitals, a global healthcare environmental hygiene network. Diversey is a proud active member alongside a coalition of international stakeholders, academia, governmental bodies, NGOs, hospitals and industry experts. As active members, we work closely together to promote and support healthcare environmental hygiene through training, specialised working groups and committees, aiming to create awareness, look at research, innovations, new methods and support education to eventually make healthcare facilities safer through improved environmental hygiene.
Supporting the first Clean Hospitals Day
Diversey has been working with Clean Hospitals and all its partners to launch this first edition of Clean Hospitals Day, which has two main objectives:
- To call on hospital management, decision-makers, and stakeholders to champion environmental hygiene, and to take action to make hospitals cleaner and safer.
- Recognise key healthcare workers and give them the appreciation they deserve as their work is very important and often goes unnoticed and undervalued.
By raising awareness of the importance of cleaning, disinfection, and hygiene standards in the healthcare environment, we will all be contributing towards making healthcare facilities a cleaner and safer place. Help us spread the message and recognise the important work carried out by key healthcare workers!
Clean Hospitals: a win-win for all parties involved in healthcare environmental hygiene
Clean Hospitals provides a unique blend of experience and expertise around environmental hygiene coming from multiple stakeholders across regions. That enables this young platform to continuously seek the highest standards of environmental hygiene in a consistent and globally coordinated manner.
According to Victor Cegarra, Diversey’s CoE IP & Healthcare, Global Marketing Director: “Clean Hospitals represents a formidable platform for Diversey to join the dots about environmental hygiene, and ultimately help us make hospitals and patients safer. In Clean Hospitals, we have a venue to share and discuss current and future topics of concern with stakeholders and leading experts from around the world.”
The range of topics explored is very diverse but important for the evolution of environmental hygiene. Issues like fighting against antimicrobial resistance, fake news, or multiple safety concerns are being addressed.
At Diversey, we provide evidence-based solutions to reduce infections and improve outcomes for a healthier world. We partly do that with a broad selection of products to clean and disinfect surfaces effectively and responsibly for staff and end-users in many different markets.
According to Claire Khosravi, Diversey’s European Senior Microbiologist & IP Technical Lead: “Diversey has a global footprint as a key representative in the infection prevention world and is therefore useful for Clean Hospitals. Diversey and Clean Hospitals share the same goals to increase productivity and patient safety to ultimately create safer and more satisfying environments of care.”
Part of Diversey’s focus on improving infection prevention practices in healthcare globally
Preventing infection, especially in healthcare facilities, hands, and surfaces are two sides of the same coin of environmental hygiene.
According to Peter Teska, Diversey’s CoE IP & Healthcare, Global IP Application Expert: “Working on one at the expense of the other is self-defeating. In the same way, Diversey promotes effective hand hygiene through our participation in POPS (Private Organizations for Patient Safety), we also support Clean Hospitals to focus on environmental disinfection. Clean hands that touch dirty surfaces negates the value of hand hygiene. Touching clean surfaces with dirty hands negates the value of surface hygiene. Both must be promoted together to properly protect patients.”
In the last decade, a significant amount of clinical evidence has been amassed showing the role the environment plays in certain healthcare-associated infections. Clean Hospitals is an ideal organisation to help healthcare facilities operationalise this knowledge, working to improve cleaning practices and identifying areas of risk within the facility.
According to Jolanta Stasiewicz, Diversey’s European Healthcare Marketing Leader: “the COVID-19 pandemic has already changed global healthcare systems on many levels and we are entering a new era of patient care where preventing infection will play an even more important role. Creation of safe and hygienic environments is a mandatory action for healthcare stakeholders, but also a day-to-day challenge. And that is where Diversey, as part of Clean Hospitals, is committed to help. With more than 95 years of history and more than 50 years actively working with healthcare facilities, the Diversey team supporting this initiative is very excited to be part of it and committed to help healthcare facilities management get access to best in class and up to date guidelines, share and drive research, innovations, and training.”
Diversey: Campaigning for Infection Prevention During October 2020
Infection prevention has never been more important. During October, Diversey is proudly supporting three international campaigns that highlight the significance of cleaning and hygiene in the fight against all types of infection:
October 10: Clean Hospitals Day
October 15: Global Handwashing Day
October 18-24: International Infection Prevention Week