Clean facilities do not happen haphazardly

They are the inevitable result of effective program management: the management of

chemicals, the management of tools, and the management of personnel

  1. Patient Room Cleaning 101 – Now offered through Pike!

    October 25, 2012 by Pike Systems

    To get the maximum risk management benefit, housekeepers need to understand that each day they’re going into battle and that their role is critically important and necessary.  They are performing tasks that “break the chain” of infection and could impact whether or not a patient contracts an HAI during their stay.   There is a strong link between HAI’s (Healthcare Acquired Infections) and surface disinfection.  For this reason, healthcare facilities are placing increased emphasis on proper disinfection.  Quality Control efforts have become more sophisticated and more consistent increasing availability of data and the accountability of the housekeeping department.  Instead of wondering if an area was properly disinfected, hospital personnel can test surfaces to verify cleaning compliance.  This link has elevated the professionalism of the housekeeper while at the same time forcing them to become more sophisticated.  Visual inspection of cleaning compliance is no longer good enough. Housekeeping departments are facing added pressures to perform!   The lack of formal training coupled with high turnover rates, puts the housekeeping department at a disadvange from day one.  In order to better control HAI’s, we need to train and certify housekeepers on key cleaning processes like patient room cleaning and restroom cleaning.  Think of it as an insurance policy where the premium goes down with each added training opportunity.  Except in this instance, the premium is actually a reduction in HAI’s.   Our Patient Room Cleaning 101 program focuses on the proper disinfection of “High-Touch” areas in healthcare and mirrors the recommendations set-forth by the CDC.  To download a full list of the High-Touch areas that require special attention, click here.   As part of Patient Room Cleaning 101, participants are assessed on their mastery of occupied and discharge room cleaning.  Participants are actually observed following the proper cleaning procedures and timed to ensure that they are efficient and effective.  When they return back to you, you can send them into battle with a high level of confidence that they will return victorious in the battle against C.Diff, VRE, MRSA, and other HAI’s.

    For more information, go to www.fightcdiff.com.


  3. What is the Number?

    April 13, 2012 by Pike Systems

    Taking a closer look at the custodial budget.   Today’s K through 12 Building & Grounds Managers are continually challenged to do more with less. While addressing the overall budget numbers, school administrations around the state are slashing custodial budgets again. Does this mean dirty schools for the coming year? Custodial operations were, at one time, just a necessary part of providing a good education for our children. Now it represents a large piece of the overall M&O budget, a budget under constant scrutiny.   Where did that budget number come from over the years? In many cases, it was just there. As administrators, how would you like some answers as to what the number (budget) should be for your district? After all, a supply like floor finish is based on your demographics and square footage of the floor surface to be coated. We as a supplier see custodial staffs deciding when to coat a floor and how many coats to apply. If you asked your managers how many gallon of finish you need, I will bet you a cup of coffee the answer is based on what they used last year. Matter of fact, how many mangers know the square footage of the area to apply floor finish?   As long as the custodian manages your budget, and you continue to drive costs out by buying at a low price you will not solve the custodial dilemma. Look around your schools and see the overstocking of supplies in the nooks and crannies of the school. Who’s managing the inventories? Just what should the number look like?   Risk management is becoming a bigger issue for administrators. This has added to the operational costs. When a MRSA outbreak happens, many administrators are bypassing their staff and calling in the “professionals”. These issues will continue to plague our schools. We need to put cleaning processes in place that lower our risk and provide process documentation for all concerned.   Pike Systems can help you through the budget dilemma. We can provide you with the answers you need to provide a healthy learning environment. We will help you address budgets constraints and tell you the impact less dollars will have on the environment. We bring over 25 years of experience working with schools as well as the support of manufacturers who also know the school environment.   If you want a budget number that is backed with meaning, Pike Systems can help! For more information on Hillyard’s new Cleaning Cost Analysis Program, watch this video on a program that gives you the tools you need to justify departmental expenditures on both labor and supplies:   http://www.hillyardccap.com/Pages/HomeVideo.asp  


  5. Maintenance and Operations Cost Study

    April 6, 2012 by Pike Systems

    Over the last decade, school districts and universities have felt increasing budgetary pressures especially in the area of maintenance and operations. Because custodial expenditures make up such a huge portion of the total maintenance and operations budget, custodial purchases have been the focus of many budget cuts.   This year’s Maintenance and Operations Cost Study, published by American School and University Magazine, tells a similar story. Due to our current economic state, budget restrictions will continue to be a cause for concern for many facilities moving forward.   For a copy of the American School and Universities’ recent M&O Cost Study, go to http://asumag.com/Maintenance/school-district-maintenance-operations-cost-study-200904/


  7. Making Your Equipment Work for You

    March 28, 2012 by Pike Systems

    The only thing that separates good service from bad service is the support that comes along with it.  At Pike Systems, we look at the overall needs of your facility and match your facility with products that fulfill those needs.  We care about the products and equipment that we sell long after the sale is made.    With an equipment purchase, we offer a wide availability of parts, a certified service team and all inclusive maintenance agreements.  In general, when you look at purchasing a new machine, you should evaluate the purchase on the basis of:
    • Warranties Offered
    • Cost of Repair Parts
    • Ergonomics
    • Ease of Daily Maintenance
    • Labor Savings
      If you stick to this list when evaluating the purchase of new machine, you will be happy with your purchase for years to come.  The costs over the life of the machine can often be more than the purchase cost of the machine.  At Pike Systems, we would like to reverse that figure.    We provide training on the daily maintenance and care of your machine in order to keep your machine like new for as long as possible.  At Pike Systems, we focus most on building relationships with our customers.  Our success is measured by our customer’s satisfaction rather than in dollars.  


  9. Cleaning for Health

    March 14, 2012 by Pike Systems

    Cleaning for Health is the most effective cleaning process out there.  Increased attendance levels, fewer asthma attacks, and fewer outbreaks are just a few of the many benefits that you will recognize through the process of cleaning for health.  Here are 7 steps that can result in a healthier facility.  
    1. Start by determining your cleanable square-footage.  How can you effectively deploy workers without knowledge of the cleanable space?
    2. Consider training your workers as specialists.  Specialists are more productive and more thorough when they are able to focus on one type of task.
    3. Utilize large entrance mats to trap soil.  80% of soil and contaminants enter the building from the outside.  
    4. Vacuum instead of sweeping or dust mopping.  A vacuum with a good HEPA filter will provide for a much healthier environment.
    5. When disinfecting, allow for the solution to sit on the surface for 10 minutes to achieve optimal kill levels. 
    6. Use a dehumidifier in damp areas.
    7. Keep an eye on your staff.  It is not enough to view the finished product.  You need to evaluate their cleaning process as they’re cleaning. 
    For additional information on Cleaning for Health, please feel free to contact Pike Systems.  We’re dedicated to teaching you the techniques that you need to obtain the highest level of clean in your facility.