The EVS struggle is real.

There are a lot of external factors that Environmental Services (EVS) has to deal with on a daily basis. Many of these concerns create roadblocks to infection prevention initiatives. HFM Magazine published the results of a survey aimed at documenting the top concerns of EVS workers. Here are a few that topped the list:  Pressure to expedite room turns, Assigned responsibility to clean mobile objects, High turnover in EVS, No standard practice, and Lack of knowledge in the role of the environment in cross contamination and transmission.

Tackling the problem.

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

ERASE Pathogens Solutions

Helping you do the right thing.

Our bundle approach helps you create and maintain a successful cleaning and disinfection program.

Dicovery Asssessment

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.

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.

Evidence-Based Products

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

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.

Clean by Sequence.

The CDC recognized 17 different high-touch surfaces that are most vulnerable to the spread of pathogens. Giving your staff a step-by-step system helps ensure thoroughness and consistency. Our clean by sequence process uses a numbered microfiber booklet and “hot spot” map, making it easy to train, implement and follow. The result—optimal cleaning, enhanced outcomes and reduced throughput times.

Clean By Sequence High-touch Surfaces Map
Resuable 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.

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.

Zero in on germs.

Our products give you a powerful weapon in the battle against HAIs: To get access to all the benefits of the ERASE Pathogens program, choose from a selection of top-tier infection prevention products.

Clean by Sequence booklets are required plus two out of the three following categories must be purchased to get access to ERASE Pathogens.

Germicidal Wipes

Micro-Kill Bleach Germicidal Bleach Wipes MSC351400AN, MSC351410AN, MSC351450AN

Kills C. difficile spores and other pathogens.

Micro-Kill One MSC351300, MSC351310

Kills TB, Norovirus, Polio virus, MRSA, VRE and more—in one minute.

Disinfectant Solutions

Micro-Kill Q3 Concentrated Disinfectant, Cleaner & Deodorizer EVSCHEM110

This dispensed disinfectant kills a broad spectrum of microbes, including HIV-1, Hepatitis B, MRSA, VRE and Rotavirus. The Medline dispenser and metering tip in the bottle ensure accurate dilution every time.

Micro-Kill NQ5 EVSCHEM215

This dispensed disinfectant has a neutral pH and low 5-minute contact time. Ideal for use on floors where a low contact time is needed.

BruTab 6S Disinfectant Tablets BRI1612018N

Non bleach disinfectant effective against a broad range of microorganisms including C. difficile.

Microfiber Cloths and Mops

Microfiber Super Mop MDT217741B, MDT217741ORB

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

Complementary Products: While not required to gain access to the program, the below products
are recommended for a complete infection protection practice.

Exam Gloves

Glide-On Powder-Free Vinyl Exam Gloves GLIDE511

Enhanced donning technology to help don on to hands easier.

FitGuard Touch Powder-Free Nitrile Exam Gloves FG3000

Durable nitrile protection and textured fingertips for enhanced grip.

Hand Sanitizers

Gel Pocket Size: 2oz HH70G02, 4oz HH70G04 Gel Table Top: 15oz HH70G15

Contains 70% Ethyl Alcohol, aloe and Vitamin E to get hands clean and smooth.

Foam Table Top 7.5oz HH70F75, 18oz HH70F18

Contains 70% Ethyl Alcohol and moisturizers to help reduce dry skin.

Wipes To Go: 20 Pack MSC350320 Wipes Table Top: 50ct HH70W50, 160ct HH70W160

On-the-go hand sanitizing wipes kill germs and bacteria.

Cleaning Validation Tool

AccuPoint ATP Sanitation Monitoring System Meter EVSATPSYSTEM

Offers reliable results and documents cleanliness levels of your facility.

AccuPoint ATP Sanitation Monitoring System Samplers EVSATP9905

Sanitation monitoring made simple with the easy-to-use AccuPoint® HC.

Our patent-pending Clean by Sequence Microfiber Booklets are designed with the following goals:

  • Increase compliance in cleaning CDC high-touch surfaces
  • Reduce cross-contamination by assigning each surface to a separate page
  • Reduce room turnover time
  • Increase HCAHP scores

A variety of different colored booklets are available to signal to the patient that the cloths have been changed. Purchasing a blue patient room booklet and an orange patient restroom booklet are required components of the program.

Reusable Clean by Sequence Microfiber Booklets MDT217691, MDT217692

Icons are placed on each page of the booklets to represent the CDC high touch surfaces.

  • 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.

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 the ERASE PATHOGENS course. 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.

ERASE Pathogens is part of our comprehensive program of  Infection Prevention Solutions designed to help you prevent hospital-acquired infections.

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