NMMC Applauds Environmental Services Staff for Their Role in Patient Care

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NMMC Applauds Environmental Services Staff for Their Role in Patient Care


FORT KENT -- Resistant organisms - locally and internationally - are on the rise, according to staff at Northern Maine Medical Center.

Environmental services is critical in maintaining a clean and safe environment in health care facilities. Personnel must possess the knowledge of the different types of chemicals used for cleaning and disinfection in accordance with health care standards and regulations, cleaning procedures based on different diseases, as well as have a basic understanding of disease transmission precautions.

Northern Maine Medical Center (NMMC) joined the nation in celebrating National Healthcare Environmental Service Week, Sept. 11- 17.

NMMC Supervisor Casey Cote said, "NMMC environmental services personnel play a critical role in the defense against hospital acquired infections and patient safety. With the emergence of today's drug resistant super bugs their job should not be underestimated. They are truly the first line of defense for our patients, visitors and colleagues. NMMC appreciates their dedication toward this very important work."

Whether escorting a visitor, cleaning an office, reception area or hallway, or cleaning an operating suite; environmental workers are a part of the health care team in managing the patient's care experience and ensuring a safe and clean environment.

Each year, the Association for the Healthcare Environment invites all health care environmental services to recognize employees' work to ensure quality, safety and the most favorable outcomes for the patient in the hospital environment. …

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