What is the difference between Green and Sustainable?

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It is often thought that the terms “green” and “sustainable” can be used interchangeably, tomato/tomoto right? Wrong. Being “green” is actually just one component in a much more complex system that is Sustainability. As it becomes more and more popular to make things green or sustainable, especially when discussing facility operations, we wanted to make sure that you knew the difference between the two as well! 

 Let’s start with the term “green.” Green is focused solely on products and procedures that reduce the impact on users, building occupants and the environment. This could mean using a chemical that has a green seal and less hazardous materials or it could be implementing machines that require significantly less water and electricity than the norm. Today, we have many options available for implementing green procedures into any and all types of buildings.

“Sustainability” is a much more broader term than “green.” Being green or environmental is just one of the three components that make up sustainability.

3 Legs of the “Sustainability” Tripod:

  • Environmental: Green Cleaning. Using products that are more efficient with chemicals that do not harm the environment.
  • Social: Looks at social equality and human resource. Are the employees making a fair living wage, do they have health insurance, do they have safe working conditions? This is historically the hardest area of the tripod for compliance. Part time workers, because they do not qualify for health insurance, are not considered sustainable.
  • Financial: Company must be able to sustain itself before it can implement other sustainable practices. Ie. Have a fair amount of profits.

 As you can incite from the definitions above, implementing green practices into custodial operations is a much more achievable goal than becoming sustainable.  However both are important components of reducing our footprint on the earth and creating a place for many future generations to live happily. 

 Call us for more information on what your facility can be doing to become more green!

Zika Virus: What are the implications for the healthcare environment?

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The Zika Virus is not a new virus, but as you have seen in recent news, it is becoming more prevalent.  Symptoms of the virus are similar to flu, yellow fever, rubella, measles and malaria, but 4 out of 5 people who contract are symptom free.

There are 5 known routes of transmission: 

  • #1 – Vector borne through infected mosquitos
  • Mother to fetus transmission – causes microcephaly in babies
  • Sexual intercourse  male to female – have not yet seen the reverse – virus stays present in semen longer than it does in blood 
  • blood transfusion
  • potentially saliva/urine

Recommended steps for virus mitigation:  

  • keep windows closed and air conditioning running 
  • wear long sleeve shirts and pants 
  • use EPA registered repellent with DEET
  • treat clothing and gear with permethrin
  • consult healthcare advisers when traveling

There is no vaccine or cure at the this time. A vaccine should be developed within 2-3 years. Current treatment consists of supportive care.  We do not know the incubation period, however it is thought to be around two weeks. CDC believes that once you have the virus, you are immune. 

Continue to disinfect surfaces regularly and maintain proper hand hygiene.

HyTouch Smart Door Hand Hygiene System Awarded Innovative Technology Designation

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We are pleased to share that Triple S has been awarded the Innovative Technology Designation for the HyTouch Smart Hand Hygiene Delivery System from Vizient, the leading healthcare services company that serves more than 100,000 members and affiliates of VHA Inc., UHC, Children’s Hospital Association and Provista. 

 The designation was based on reviews of SSS HyTouch™ Smart Hand Hygiene Delivery System, a unique workflow hand sanitizing delivery system that delivers hand sanitizer by way of a door handle. The award is based on feedback provided by hospital experts who attended Vizient’s Innovative Technology Expo in November. The annual event provides medical technology suppliers the opportunity to demonstrate their product and gain direct feedback from onsite clinical experts and healthcare providers on the impact their products may have on improving clinical care, safety, or benefits to organization’s care and business models.

“More than 80% of illnesses are transmitted by hands. Using this innovative technology we look to incorporate hand sanitizing into the natural workflow of staff, patients and visitors to drive hand hygiene adherence”, stated Ray Ranger, Triple S Director of Healthcare Markets. SSS HyTouch™ Smart Hand Hygiene Delivery System is an innovative smart door handle equipped with built-in sensors that collects data on usage. The handle is linked to the SSS HyStat™ Online Monitoring System that allows administrators to see how often the dispensers are being activated in relation to how frequently the doors are opened. 

HyTouch Smart Hand Hygiene Delivery System is yet another step forward in the fight against Healthcare Acquired Infections! For more information on HyTouch Smart Hand Hygiene Delivery System, please call 630.896.6373!