A global pandemic has increased the knowledge and awareness of the public to act positively to reducing the spread of the Covid-19 virus. The science of infection, prevention and control applied in small changes of behaviours can make a huge impact. ISS are taking this a step further by initiating a new study to collect scientific data to provide evidence-based processes to support delivery of healthcare cleanliness.
ISS has been at the forefront of healthcare cleaning for over 30 years. They have a long track record of delivering innovative solutions and based upon their research in Scandinavia, were the first company to offer scientific evidence that introducing microfibre into the NHS would offer a positive improvement.
Having launched their healthcare cleaning strategy and focus for 2021/2022 earlier in the year, ISS Healthcare has now taken its approach one stage further by commissioning a ground-breaking project that will take a scientific and behavioural approach to the professional services they provide across 200+ NHS locations.
Collette Sweeney, Head of Healthcare Cleaning at ISS, explains: “the application of cleaning science and the impact of behaviour is intrinsically linked to environmental infection control. The purpose of the project is to use science to determine the efficacy and appropriateness of the healthcare cleaning process to deliver evidence-based safe systems of cleaning. Hospital hygiene is traditionally assessed visually, but this does not necessarily correlate with microbiological risk.”
The first phase of the research is currently being undertaken in collaboration with University Hospitals of Burton and Derby.