Track facility goals with Cloud Based Quality Control

Introducing Cloud Based Quality Control – Pike Systems now offers a new way to monitor and reach goals with a web-based suite of custodial management tools that helps you deliver results.

Manage, monitor and continuously improve cleaning quality through utilization of cloud based quality control manager. Automatically create pass fail inspections from tasking and facility information. Create templates as the basis for inspection reports, edit or delete existing templates or create inspection reports from existing templates. See areas for improvement at the click of a button!

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  • Program areas and rooms to check within each building and assign zones to custodial staff
  • Assign which tasks you would like to inspect
  • Find areas of improvement – Fail individual tasks and write notes about what failed
  • Add up to ten images per room to your inspection report
  • Create special tasks
  • See overall scores for the day

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Access your cloud based quality control program from work stations, mobile devices, laptops or tablets. For more information on our program, please contact Pike Systems at info@pikesystems.com.

Enterovirus D68

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Will the spread of Enterovirus, specifically in schools, Pike Systems would like to provide you with information to help limit the spread of infection. The CDC has confirmed more than 100 cases in 12 states, mostly in the Midwest and Southeast.  Often, the Enterovirus is no big deal, having been around since the 1960’s but this particular strain (D68) gives much more severe symptoms.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) Infographic

Enterovirus D68 Infographic from Nationwide Children’s Hospital

CNN.Com: 12 States Confirm the spread of Enterovirus D68.

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What is enterovirus D68?

  • Enterovirus D68 is one of many non-polio enteroviruses. This virus was first identified in California in 1962, but it has not been commonly reported in the United States.

What are the symptoms of EV-D68 infection?

  • EV-D68 can cause mild to severe respiratory illness.
  • Mild symptoms may include fever, runny nose, sneezing, cough, and body and muscle aches.
  • Most of the children who have gotten very ill with EV-D68 infection in Missouri and Illinois had difficulty breathing, and some had wheezing. Many of these children had asthma or a history of wheezing.

Is there a vaccine?

  • No. There are no vaccines for preventing EV-D68 infections.

Who is at risk?

  • Infants, children and teenagers are most likely to get infected with enteroviruses and become ill. Children with asthma seem to be at higher risk.

What time of year are people most likely to become infected?

  • In the United States, people are most likely to become infected in summer and fall. We are currently in Enterovirus season.

The mode of transmission is similar to that of influenza spreading from person to person when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or touches contaminated surfaces. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the following practices to protect you and limit the spread of Enterovirus D69.

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, especially after changing diapers. See proper hand washing techniques here.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid kissing, hugging and sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are sick.
  • Disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs, especially if someone is sick.

To the best of our knowledge, there are currently no disinfectants with a claim for this particular non-enveloped virus, however Pike System’s hospital grade disinfectant may be used as recommended by the CDC. The CDC has a wealth of information available on their website (www.cdc.gov). If you have any questions, please contact Pike Systems at 630-896.6373 or info@pikesystems.com.

Which Pathogens Have a Stronger Resistance to Disinfectants?

Understanding the physiology of healthcare pathogens and what disinfectants work against them is the first step in improving environmental hygiene and stopping the spread of Healthcare Acquired Infections (HAI’s). Pathogens can survive in some environments for significant periods of time, some bacteria cases can survive for more than 5 months. If surfaces are not cleaned and disinfected properly these pathogens can be passed on to patients and hospital staff causing severe, possibly fatal, health conditions.

The chart below shows the most resistant of bacterias down to the least resistant – it is from a study by Infection Control Today.

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Bacterial Endospores: The most resistant bacteria to disinfectants. These endospores have an extremely resilient coat that can survive well in extreme heat as well as chemical disinfection. C difficle, the most prominent of spores in the healthcare industry, is also one of the hardest to combat. Only oxidizing chemistries such as peroxygen compounds and bleach are aggressive enough to break through the spore coat.

Mycobacteria: Are among the most resistant organisms to environmental disinfectants because of their waxy outerlayer.  There is little concern for these organisms as they are not frequently transmitted from hard surfaces.

Small, Non-enveloped Viruses: Such as the norovirus, are extremely resistant to most disinfectants. These organisms have a very resistant viral capsid which is made out of protein – this makes it resistant to both oil-loving disinfectants as well as solvents.

Fungi: This group is most associated with moisture and damage in buildings and includes mold and yeast, mold of which is the more resilient.

Gram Negative Bacteria: Is a formidable foe in the environment due to the lack of antibiotics to treat infections from this bacteria (Klebsiella being an example of growing concern in the Health Care community).

Large Non-enveloped Viruses: Have a resistant protein capsid, however their large size makes them more vulnerable than their smaller counterparts and are easy to inactivate on environmental surfaces.

Gram-Positive, Vegetative Bacteria: Don’t have an outer membrane, making them more vulnerable to disinfectants. Most environmental disinfectants are capable of inactivating them on a hard surface.

Envelope Viruses: The most suseptible to environmental disinfectants, however contamination is much easier as they are spread through contact, droplet or airborne transmission. Examples include HIV, Hepititus B, and Human Influenza A.

While this is just a brief overview of the structures of pathogens, it takes you one step closer in the fight to prevent HAI’s and create a cleaner environment for your patients and healthcare professionals.

Need help with a plan to fight these pathogens? Reach out to us at Pike Systems, we can help!

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