You may have noticed that some health care places, especially those built in the twentieth century do not have a design that ensures the comfort of families and patients. For instance, some of these places have frightening equipment. Others have walls painted in colors that can frighten patients. There are also healthcare facilities whose floors make a lot of noise while others are difficult to clean. Some people have even compared these places to prisons. Such settings are not effective and they counter healing. However, this is now changing with modern healthcare places. Modern healthcare facilities are patient-centered and they are aimed at offering holistic healing and care to patients. They are also designed in a way that minimizes disease infection’s risk.
Good environment is important
Good environment plays a very important role in the healing of a patient. Every patient deserves care and treatment in a safe, clean environment. Whenever standards go beyond the acceptable limits, the attention of the managers should be called upon. Therefore, when looking for a place to get healthcare or treatment for your family or loved ones, consider the condition of the environment. The condition of the environment where healthcare is provided sends a strong, clear message to the patients and assessors of healthcare facilities.
Environmental hygiene prevents disease transmission
People with different diseases are taken to healthcare facilities. Some of these diseases are infectious. Environmental hygiene is very important because it entails proper cleaning and the use of appropriate products. Medical equipment as well as devices that are used in various patient-care procedures is decontaminated. Their appropriate handling is maintained. Similarly, bloody fluid and blood spills as well as linen and waste materials are disposed properly.
Proper cleaning is very important and it should be done in all health care places. The aim of proper cleaning should be to remove any foreign material such as blood, excretions, secretions, soil, dust, or microorganism from objects or surfaces using detergents, water and friction or mechanical action. Standards of proper cleaning should be observed during the cleaning process to prevent the transmission of infectious diseases.
Proper environmental management
The environment of a healthcare facility should be managed properly and professionally. This includes minimizing noise during renovation and construction. Environmental disturbance is very common during renovation or construction projects in hospitals. This poses waterborne and airborne risks to patients especially patients whose immune systems are not functioning properly. It is important to include all major stakeholders in the process of or stages of the renovation or construction project to ensure that the risks that vulnerable persons are exposed to are minimized. Involvement of all stakeholders also ensures that infection risks are highly minimized in the healthcare facility.
Generally, places where healthcare is offered should be kept clean and all activities should be conducted professionally and with a lot of care. All stakeholders including patients should be involved in major renovation and construction projects because they can be affected in different ways if risks are not minimized. It is therefore important to ensure that health care places observe high standards of environmental management to ensure that patients and visitors are not exposed to different types of risks.