Empower EVS staff with the right tools
and training to help prevent HAIs.

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The EVS struggle is real

Proper cleaning and disinfection are critical to keeping patients safe from infection. But Environmental Services (EVS) managers and staff deal with tough issues on a daily basis that create roadblocks to doing their job effectively. Topping the list of concerns: pressure to speed up room turns, unclear responsibility for who cleans mobile objects, high staff turnover, no standard cleaning practice, and lack of knowledge about the role the environment plays in cross contamination and transmission.

Tracking the problem

Clear-cut guidelines on how to solve surface contamination don’t exist. That’s why we’ve worked with experts nationwide to develop a comprehensive cleaning and disinfecting program. It combines process with evidence-based products and education to help prevent the spread of HAIs.

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Facts about healthcare-associated infections (HAIs):
causes, cost and outcomes

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<50%

Multiple studies have shown that less than half of hospital room surfaces are adequately cleaned and disinfected 7

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2.5x

A previously infected patient increases the next parient’s risk of contracting C. diff by 2.5x 8

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Up to $45 billion

Average amount spent annually on HAIs by acute-care hospitals 4

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1 in 25

Patients in U.S. hospitals have at least one HAI 1

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40%

of healthcare workers adequately comply with hand hygiene practices 5

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72%

of hospital floor sites tested positive for
C. Difficile 6

HAIs kill more people in the U.S. than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined 2,3

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1.7 million

Approximately 1.7 million HAIs occur in U.S. hospitals each year 2

Helping you remove infectious pathogens from the environment

Our comprehensive approach helps you create and maintain a successful cleaning and disinfecting program.

Discovery Assessment

First we examine your current protocols. We observe cleaning practices, evaluate appropriateness of products and perform ATP swabbing to quantitatively measure cleanliness. Once complete, you’ll receive specific recommendations to address identified problem areas.

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Cleaning
Process

Our Clean by Sequence method with numbered microfiber booklets guide your staff from surface to surface, so nothing is missed and cross contamination is minimized.

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Evidence-Based
Products

You choose the right mix of products—evidence-based with quick contact times—to satisfy the specific needs of your facility.

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Staff
Education

You can access a variety of online and onsite training materials to help staff improve their skills.

Outcomes Reporting

Periodic reviews using ATP testing provide you with data to track improvements and correct weak spots. Engineered for healthcare, our ATP system has patented samplers for covering large areas quickly, data reporting based on CDC recommendations and a full-color display.

ATP sanitation monitoring device

Outcomes Reporting

Periodic reviews using ATP testing provide you with data to track improvements and correct weak spots. Engineered for healthcare, our ATP system has patented samplers for covering large areas quickly, data reporting based on CDC recommendations and a full-color display.

ATP sanitation monitoring device

Clean by Sequence high-touch surfaces map

Using a disinfectant and your Clean by Sequence Microfiber Booklets, clean and disinfect each surface in the order shown.

Patient room
Restroom
Other discharge room surfaces
Numbered cleaning map of hospital room

Reusable Clean by Sequence
Microfiber Booklets

Housekeeping staff often use the same cloth to clean the whole room—a cross contamination risk. Our numbered microfiber booklets ensure a separate cloth is used for each surface and no surface is missed. They come in three colors: blue for the patient room, orange for restroom use and purple for other discharge room surfaces and ancillary areas of the hospital.

Blue Clean by Sequence Microfiber Booklet

Point-of-Care Devices

Mobile and shared patient equipment are often  overlooked in cleaning protocols. Presaturated disinfectant wipes are an easy way to make sure these devices are frequently disinfected by caregivers.

Floors

Mop all floor surfaces with a micofiber mop, starting farthest from the door and moving towards the door. Use a new mop when cleaning the bathroom to avoid cross contamination. A floor-safe disinfectant with a low contact time is considered best practice, instead of a general cleaner without disinfection properties.

Featured product

Reusable Clean by Sequence Microfiber Booklets

Our patent-pending Clean by Sequence
Microfiber Booklets are designed to:

  • Improve compliance with CDC guidelines for cleaning high-touch surfaces
  • Minimize cross contamination by assigning each surface a separate page
  • Reduce room turnover time
  • Increase HCAHPS scores

Different colored booklets are available to reassure patients that the cloths have been changed. Purchasing a blue patient room
booklet and an orange patient restroom booklet are required components of the program.

  • Blue booklets for patient room surfaces
  • Orange booklets for patient bathroom surfaces
  • Purple booklet (numbered, no icons) for additional discharge surfaces and cleaning ancillary areas of the hospital
Orange and blue Clean by Sequence Microfiber Booklets
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Pathogen-fighting products

Our products give you a powerful weapon in the battle against HAIs. Choose from a comprehensive selection of evidence-based products to access the benefits of our Environmental Disinfection Program. All are specifically formulated for healthcare environments. They kill a wide range of pathogens, have short contact times and are safe for most surfaces.

Germicidal
Wipes

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Micro-Kill™ Bleach Germicidal Bleach Wipes
Kills C. auris, C. difficile spores and other pathogens*.

Micro-Kill™ One
Kills TB, norovirus, polio virus, MRSA, VRE and more in one minute*.

Disinfectant
Solutions

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Micro-Kill™ Q3 Concentrated Disinfectant, Cleaner and Deodorizer
This dispensed disinfectant kills HIV-1, hepatitis B, MRSA, VRE and rotovirus. The Medline dispenser and meter tip in the bottle ensure accurate dilution every time.

Microfiber Cloths
and Mops

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Microfiber Super Mop
Dense microfibers pick up and lock in dirt so it doesn’t get pushed around.

Advanced Tech
Disinfection Systems

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Scientific Air S400 Portable Air Disinfection Device
Uses patent-pending UVC and HEPA filtration to reduce airborne microorganisms. Lab-tested and facility-proven to be effective against specific viruses, bacteria and mold less than 0.3 micron in size.**

*Refer to product label for full list of pathogens, contact times and cleaning and disinfection directions.
**Data on file.

Supporting products

Complete your infection prevention program with these recommended products:

Cleaning Validation Tool

AccuPoint ATP sanitation monitoring system

AccuPoint ATP Sanitation Monitoring System Meter
Offers reliable results and documents cleanliness levels of the facility.

AccuPoint ATP Sanitation Monitoring System Samplers
Sanitation monitoring made simple with the easy-to-use AccuPoint HC.

Exam Gloves

FitGuard Touch Powder-Free Nitrile Exam Gloves
Durable nitrile protection and textured fingertips for enhanced grip.

Glide-On Powder-Free Vinyl Exam Gloves
Enhanced technology for easy donning, even with damp hands.

Hand Sanitizers

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Gel Pocket Size and Table Top
Made with 70% ethyl alcohol, aloe and Vitamin E to get hands clean and smooth.

Foam Table Top
Contains 70% ethyl alcohol and moisturizers to help reduce dry skin.

Wipes To Go and Table Top
On-the-go hand sanitizing wipes kill germs and bacteria.

Add to their skills

Continual training delivers continual improvement. We emphasize a thorough training curriculum that includes both initial and ongoing education for all staff.

Online education

Medline University gives your housekeeping and nursing staff 24/7 access to a complete training curriculum. Topics covered include:
• Clean-by-sequence process and how to correctly perform each step
• How disinfectants work and why contact times are important
• Specialty cleaning procedures
• Scripting for occupied rooms
• Interactive quizzes to confirm learning and competence
• Nursing and management education

Kudos and recognition

Inspire the best from your clean team with customizable certificates and bulletin board shoutouts.

Targeted training materials

Based on ATP testing, we provide customized huddle sheets and other tools to close any identified gaps in practice.

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Surgical suites require specialized cleaning and disinfecting

Learn about our Environmental Disinfection Program for the OR.

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References

1. Magill, S.S., et al. Multistate Point-Prevalence Survey of Health Care-Associated Infections. The New England Journal of Medicine:
https://www.nejm.org/doi/pdf/10.1056/NEJMoa1306801
2. Klevens, RM, et al. Public Health Reports. 2007; 122:160-166. Available at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1820440/
3. Cancer Facts & Figures 2018. American Cancer Society. Available at: http://www.cancer.org/research/cancerfactsstatistics/cancerfactsfigures2015/ Accessed January 21, 2019.
4. The Direct Medical Costs of Healthcare-Associated Infections in U.S. Hospitals and the Benefits of Prevention. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/hai/pdfs/hai/scott_costpaper.pdf.
5. Hand hygiene in healthcare settings – core slides. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Available at: https://www.cdc.gov/HandHygiene/download/hand_hygiene_core.pdf. Accessed January 19, 2021.
6. Desphande, A. et al. Are Hospital Floors an Underappreciated Reservoir for Transmission of Clostridium Difficile and
Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus?Available at: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/313301242_1647. Are_Hospital_Floors_an_Underappreciated_Reservoir_for_Transmission_of_Clostridium_difficile_and_Methicillin-Resistant_Staphylococcus_aureus.
7. Just because you are using a disinfectant, doesn?t mean you are disinfecting: The business case for improving infection prevention. Becker?s Clinical Leadership and Infection Control: https://www.beckershospitalreview.com/quality/just-because-you-are-using-a-disinfectant-doesn-tmean-you-are-disinfecting-the-business-case-for-improving-infection-prevention.html.
8. Chemaly, RF, Simmons S, Dale C, et al. The role of the healthcare environment in the spread of multidrug-resistant organisms: update on current best practices for containment. Therapeutic Advances in Infectious Disease. 2014;2(3-4):79-90. doi:10.1177/2049936114543287. Available at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4250270/.
9. Data on file.
10. Pyrek KM. What?s on That Surface?Current Thought on Microbial Load on Surfaces, Pathogen Persistence, Cleaning Best Practices. October 2014. Available at: http://sd.infectioncontroltoday.com/digital-issues/2014/10/whats-on-that-surface.aspx. Accessed July 18,
2016.
11. Kramer A, Schwebke I, Kampf G. How Long Do Nosocomial Pathogens Persist on Inanimate Surfaces? A Systematic Review. BMC Infectious Diseases. 2006; 6:130. Available at: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1564025/pdf/1471-2334-6-130.pdf. Accessed July 18, 2016.

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