As a doctor, you understandably need to create a sanitary, welcoming office environment where your patients feel relaxed and at ease. They should never be concerned about becoming more ill than they already are by visiting a dirty doctor’s office. Clinic cleanliness is understandably a top priority year-round, but it becomes even more important during the winter months. These are a few of the primary reasons maintaining a clean clinic in the winter is critical.
Cold and Flu Season
You may spend a good portion of each day diagnosing and treating contagious patients throughout the year, but the pace may increase dramatically in the winter. During the winter, cold and flu season is in high gear. These are highly contagious and can easily spread throughout your office if you do not take steps to keep the area as clean as possible. You understandably need to engage commercial cleaning services to disinfect and sanitize the space regularly, and your staff should be properly trained on cleaning techniques to prepare exam rooms before each new patient’s visit. Periodically, review cleaning procedures to ensure that there are no areas of concern that should be revisited.
A Busy Office
If your medical office is like so many others, the winter months may seem to be demanding on your clinic’s resources. Appointments may be booked well in advance, and you may have many sick patients that must be squeezed in between well-checks and routine appointments. When more people pass through your office each day, the space understandably may become more contaminated with germs. Your team may wipe down areas between patients, but they likely will not scrub every doorknob and other surfaces that patients may touch while they are being treated in your office. More than that, it is not reasonable to expect that your team would routinely have enough time to thoroughly sanitize the space between patients when your office is so busy in the winter months.
To properly care for your patients, your clinic must be as clean as possible. It is not reasonable to expect your skilled, busy staff members to scrub toilets and deep clean the office as thoroughly as is needed. Because of this, it makes sense to hire a professional cleaning crew that has experience with medical office cleaning services. You may even increase the frequency of professional cleaning services during this very busy time of the year.