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An Environmental Services System to be Proud Of

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A new approach to cleaning management in Aged Care

Cabrini Aged Care Facility has reinvented the way they show care for their residents and their extended families.  When an elderly person makes their home with Cabrini, they see it as an opportunity to make a significant difference to their life.  ‘We’ve done some massive changes’ explained Debra Charlton, CEO Cabrini Care. This includes an IT Care System, online training for staff, increased contact with families of residents and utilizing their website to keep connected and engaged with their community.

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Improving Australia's Regional Healthcare Cleaning Management

Regional Health centres in Australia are home to some of the world’s most beautiful landscapes. Our regional sectors are responsible for the care of around one-third of Australia’s population. That’s around 7 million people.  To be a Healthcare Facility that provides world class care, regional centres are working to champion initiatives that bring lasting effects and change to their current healthcare environments. 

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The range of issues faced by regional and remote health workforces are unique and best understood by the people managing each sector. Searching for solutions is most effective when professionals from across a regional health group come together to seek out new ideas, proven methods and quality services that suit their individual facility needs.

Bill Bassett from the Interclean Group hosted such an opportunity this week as he met with a team of Infection Control Managers and Environmental Services Managers in Victoria. Understanding that regional health managers need to show considerable return on any investments made, Bill demonstrated how a full digital cleaning and management system can increase productivity and efficencies significantly for one of the most important workforces in Healthcare.

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Interclean Launches Disposable Disinfection Program

With a strong focus on continuous improvement, Interclean is bringing to the market a Disposable Isolation Cleaning Kit to aid the reduction of HAI’s in facilities in a safe, easy, efficient and effective manner.

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What’s the best way to create a safe environment in my healthcare facility?

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Dr Hudson Garrett Jr.

PhD, MSN, MPH, FNP-BC, PLNC, VA-BC, IP-BC, CDONA, FACDONA

Global Chief Clinical Officer at Pentax Medical, Chief Clinical Officer, National Association of Directors of Nursing Administration

The following article has been based on a seminar given by Dr Hudson Garrett Jr. at The Interclean Group’s Future Disinfection Now Conference 2017, titled, ‘The Role of the Clinical Environment of Care in the Transmission of HAI’s: What’s happening in the homes, and transferring to the hospitals’.
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Biofilms: Current Threats and Why We’re Not Winning The Battle

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Scientific Director of the Surgical Infection Research Group, Vice-Chancellor Innovation Fellow at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Macquarie University, Sydney Australia.

The following article is inspired by Professor Karen Vickery’s seminar at The Interclean Group’s Future Disinfection Now Conference, titled Biofilms: Current Threats and Why We’re Not Winning The Battle.

Biofilms: Current Threats and Why We’re Not Winning The Battle
 – Why are bacteria surviving your terminal cleans?

If you are a healthcare professional, you have no doubt asked yourselves more than once, ‘How are bacteria surviving your terminal and infectious cleans despite the best quality products and the most committed team?’. According to scientific studies conducted by Karen Vickery at Macquarie University Hospital, the answer is biofilms. Once believed to live only on wet surfaces, we now know that biofilms are growing on dry surfaces within our healthcare facilities and our current cleaning policies and procedures are not sufficient enough to kill them. (more…)

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Hospital floors may pose a larger health risk than previously thought, study finds

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According to a study published in the American Journal of Infection Control, the official journal of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC), hospital room floors may be an overlooked source of infection. 

INCLEAN’s Lizzie Hunter spoke to several industry professionals in the Australian cleaning industry to find out what this kind of research means for the cleaning industry and the future of infection control and prevention in the healthcare sector.

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Future Disinfection Now: Collaboration key in fight against HAIs

Article from Inclean Magazine May/June Issue

Interclean’s Future Disinfection Now 2017 conference took place on Tuesday 28 February at Rydges, Melbourne and Thursday 2 March at Waterview Bicentennial Park, Sydney. INCLEAN assistant editor Lizzie Hunter joined other healthcare and infection control professionals at the conference.

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Why Your Environmental Services Technicians Are Your Biggest Asset

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Content from: Fiona Nemetz, Seminar at Future Disinfection Now Conference

Fiona Nemetz MS, CHESP
Fiona is the Systems Director of EVS, Safety & Security at Northside Hospital Atlanta overseeing the 3 hospital system with 856 licensed beds. Past President of the AHE (The Association for the Healthcare Environment), Fiona shares a passion for EVS Leadership with over 30 years’ experience in both the hospitality and healthcare industries. 

Some of Australia’s best Environmental Services Professionals and Infection Control Experts had the honour of hearing Fiona talk at The Interclean Group’s Future Disinfection Now Conference earlier this year. The following article is an excerpt from her session, ‘Taking Science to the Bedside: Application of Evidence Based Practices’.

Why Your Environmental Services Technicians’s Are Your Biggest Asset
5 Ways To Increase Pride amongst your Environment Services Technicians

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Interclean, Bunzl & OCS team up to give Perth Airport new Trolley Systems

Bringing high-quality cleaning into today’s facilities takes a unified approach from Australia’s leading cleaning companies.

Chris Graham, Interclean’s Corporate Sales Manager was in Perth this week putting the final touches on rolling out new Interclean Washroom and General Trolleys across both the International and Domestic Terminals at Perth Airport sites as the outcome of a successful partnership between the Interclean Group, Bunzl and OCS (Outsourced Client Solutions). 

The successful collaboration between supplier, distributor, client and end user is due to the unique holistic relationship Interclean has with its customers.

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INTERCLEAN SHOWCASES NEW DISPOSABLE MICROFIBRE AT ISSA EXPO 2017

The Interclean team was proud to showcase their multi faceted products and services at this year’s ISSA Cleaning and Hygiene Expo

With a great team on site from marketing to senior management, we were able to really address a lot of the needs our clients are facing and offer some very innovative and unique opportunities to help solve problems.

A highlight for the team was demonstrating our new Disposable Disinfection Program. With a range of Disposable Microfibre Cloths and Disposable Wipes, we were able to complete consistent APT testing with readings of 0, after cleaning surfaces with our Disposable Microfibre Cloths.

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Future Disinfection Now Conference Highlights

Over two days in Melbourne and Sydney, the Interclean Group hosted delegates from environmental services, infection control, clinical and management from the healthcare and aged care industry at their annual conference.  

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5 Reasons to attend a Managers & Supervisors Cleaning Course

An outcome of our very successful Future Disinfection Now Conference, which saw a combined attendance of Environmental Service Teams and Infection Control Specialists, was the need to educate healthcare facility departments on the incredibly important role and functions of the cleaning services staff. We’ve heard stories of whole units being shut down from just one person not understanding an infection control procedure because it was never explained thoroughly to them… Unfortunately, that’s all it takes to put a black mark against a facility.  

We have wanted to implement a Managers and Supervisors course designed to help move healthcare cleaning towards having Best Practice processes for quite a few years, and now that Ali Khondukar has joined IMS, this new course can become a reality.  (more…)
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Infection Control can be kept under control

Infection Control was the topic of this year’s FDN Conference with word class international speakers and local professionals in the field of infection control research and technology.  One of the highlights of the conference was our guest speaker Fiona Nemetz who spoke about bringing the science of infection prevention to the bedside, and the practical application of how to move our current cleaners and nursing staff towards a common understanding of each other’s importance in their roles.  

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INTERCLEAN APPOINTS HEALTHCARE ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES SNR CONSULTANT

Interclean has been a leader in the healthcare cleaning industry for many years and has worked alongside some of Australia’s top Environmental Services Infection Control Managers to bring the world’s highest quality cleaning systems into the hands of our hospital and aged care cleaning staff.

It has not been luck that’s built Interclean as Australia’s number one company for trustworthy, quality cleaning systems, but listening to the needs of workers, the department heads, and the people dedicated to keeping standards at the highest of levels in these facilities.  People like Ali Khondukar, who ran the housekeeping team for the Macquarie University Hospital keeping a continuous 0% tolerance rate on Infectious Control Cleaning, is one of the many professionals that has pioneered some of Australia’s best practice systems we use today.

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Ali has also recently overhauled the cleaning, laundry and catering services of the QRS group of aged care facilities in Brisbane. Read on to find out what Ali is doing with the Interclean Group and how he can help you.

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Interclean Runs Trial Best Practice Cleaning Program

Interclean is proud to partner with the Royal Freemasons Melbourne, as they commit to Best Practice and lead the way by initiating an Interclean Group Best Practice trial. This trial includes a variety of elements including new products, comprehensive cleaner training for both management and environmental services staff, new technology with auditing apps, electronic real-time run sheets, trolley tracking and more.

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Appth@t releases FREE Auditing App

Future Disinfection Now 2017 Conference Sponsor Appth@t has been assisting Healthcare professionals to bring their auditing and staff management into the digital age. The TouchPoint Auditor app is a powerful tool that has been made available for FREE to help managers of healthcare facilities like hospitals and aged care facilites, move away from paper reports to a simple TAP and GO standard auditing framework.

TouchPoint Auditor.jpgThe free auditing app comes with 3 facility site templates so managers can start to digitise their audits straight away. Managers can also link audits with responding to issues in realtime using our optional complementary apps.

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IMS Breakfast Seminars Launch Free Auditor

 Our IMS Breakfast Seminars have been a huge success these past 2 weeks with booked out sessions in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne. Our guests enjoyed a great networking breakfast before engaging in sessions about managing their teams, the latest developments in infection control and cleaning management software. (more…)

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Future Disinfection Now Conference – Registrations NOW LIVE

 Interclean Managed Services proudly brings you the WORLD’S BEST as we talk the future of Cleaning and Infectious Control.The Future Disinfection Now One Day Conference is a gathering of the world’s foremost experts in Infection Control & Infectious Disease and Australian Healthcare Managers with the purpose of exploring, discussing and sharing solutions that will help us to change the Healthcare Industry in Australia.

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