We understand that the last thing any healthcare professional wants is for patients to be exposed to disease-causing agents while in the hospital. In such an environment, where even small deviations from proper procedure could compromise sterility and threaten a patient’s health.
- Inspection and Treatment of exterior perimeter areas of buildings.
- Inspection of Rodent Traps / Bait Boxes and renewal of baits
- Inspection and treatment of food service areas (usually done after hours).
- Inspection and treatment of all common areas, Halls, Storage areas, Nurses stations, Offices, Food or water dispensing areas.
- Communicating with nursing stations re: pest sightings or problems in rooms.
- Communicating with admin staff re: pest sightings or problems in rooms.
- Communicating with housekeeping staff re: pest sightings problems in rooms.
- Inspection and treatment of all interior problem areas.
- Documentaion - At the end of each service the technician will fill out a sanitation report and list all problems found, treatments, and products used.
The best way to protect a healthcare facility from pests is to employ a program that adheres to the principles of integrated pest management. IPM is becoming a familiar term among environmental services professionals, because it denotes a more environmentally responsible approach to pest management. IPM helps reduce pesticide use by combining a variety of techniques to combat pests instead of relying solely on pesticides for control.
The Quest pest management program goes beyond traditional chemical-based prevention and is a must in hospitals, where pesticide residuals could have harmful effects on patients and visitors. A number of organizations recommend IPM as the pest management methodology of choice, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Hospitals for a Healthy Environment (H2E), and the American Society for Healthcare Environmental Services (ASHES).