Posted on August 19th, 2019 by Speare Memorial Hospital
A Healthy Home – Maintaining a Healthy Environment
Patients at Speare Memorial Hospital consistently rank the hospital’s cleanliness as high and often comment about it in satisfaction surveys. In charge of keeping Speare hygienic, Jerica Vallie, director of environmental
services, knows best how to clean a home and keep the germs out.
Part of a healthy lifestyle is maintaining a healthy environment to live in. Proper hand hygiene is the best way to prevent the spreading of germs. Disease-causing bacteria is most often transferred to your hands from everything you touch. The best protection is simply to wash your hands with soap and water for 30 seconds before and after activities throughout the day. Using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer is quick and effective when your hands are not visibly soiled. Antimicrobial soaps have not proven to provide additional health benefits and could release harmful agents into your environment.
Beyond cleaning your hands is cleaning the surfaces your hands come into contact with. The order in which you clean your home is far more critical than the cleaning products you use. Here are a few key points to an effective cleaning process.
- Cleanest to dirtiest: Start by cleaning the room that is likely to have the lowest bacterial count. The bathroom typically has a higher microbial load than the living room or bedroom. Washing your hands and changing your cleaning rag between rooms can prevent cross-contamination. As I often explain to my staff, you wouldn’t wash the bottom of your feet and then your face with the same cloth! The same goes for cleaning your home.
- High Touch Surfaces: It is important to remove organisms from the surfaces we touch frequently, like doorknobs, light switches, faucet handles, and TV remotes. Although these areas appear “clean” to the naked eye, when studied under a microscope, they are some of the most contaminated areas in a home.
- Elbow grease: There is a variety of cleaning products on the market today that claim to disinfect your surfaces. None of these products will be effective without the presence of good old elbow grease! The physical action of cleaning removes the bulk of contamination on a surface. Once a surface is sufficiently clean, chemical disinfectants can be useful in destroying remaining germs.
As concerned as we are about safeguarding ourselves from external threats in our home, we must not discount the preventable harm within our home. So, wash your hands, roll up your sleeves, and fight off infections!
Speare Trains & Hires High School LNAs
Posted on January 23rd, 2020 by Speare Memorial Hospital
Speare and Plymouth Regional High School have been working together since their licensed nursing assistant (LNA) program began 15 years ago. In addition to hiring many LNA students from the program, Speare has donated bedside tables and assisted the high school in purchasing new adjustable beds to help make the school’s lab seem more like […]
Speare Welcomes its First Baby of 2020
Posted on January 8th, 2020 by Speare Memorial Hospital
Happy New Year and welcome to the world, Henry Curtis, the first baby born at Speare Memorial Hospital in 2020. Congratulations to parents Meaghan and Craig Babbitt of Campton, NH on the new addition to their family! A patient at Plymouth OB/GYN Meaghan said, “Speare is amazing. The experience in the birthing suite was so intimate. Dr. Ebner […]