For several years, hospitals have not classified floors as critical areas when it comes to cleaning and disinfecting. They were not considered as a likely source of the spread of infection within a hospital setting.
In 2017 a study was published in the American Journal of Infection Control which in fact determined that floors do harbour dangerous germs and this meant that floors should be reclassified as critical areas. This meant that they now require more thorough cleaning and disinfecting.
The researchers came to their consultation by swabbing floors in rooms with and without patients who have a C. diff infection. In this process, they found that some of the floors were also contaminated with MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) and VRE (Vancomycin-resistant enterococci). Both infections have become resistant to most types of antibiotics.
The researchers reported the following findings:
• In rooms with a C. diff patient, floors were more likely to be contaminated with any of the three pathogens
• However, C. diff was the most commonly detected of the three pathogens and found on the floors of approximately 50 percent of the rooms.
• Forty-one percent of the rooms had one or more objects touching the floors such as medical devices, bed linens, and towels; as these items are touched by patients or healthcare workers, it is possible germs from the floor will be transferred to their hands.
It appears this last point is key to how pathogens on the floor can cause infection. The researchers found that after healthcare workers handled an object in contact with the floor, MRSA was found on 18% of the worker's hands; VRE 6%, and C. diff at 3%.
While this study emphasized the need to take floor cleanliness seriously, it did not specify exactly how this was to be accomplished.
At Mint Commercial Cleaning we always take all the necessary action to try and ensure all different pathogens are removed and take floor cleaning seriously. Our employees receive the best training and it is updated regularly to ensure they always have the most relevant information.