Upcoming: Improving and Updating EVS Management Systems

Program Date/Time: Wednesday, September 30th at 1 pm ET/12 pm CT

As COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on U.S. hospitals, Environmental Services (EVS) personnel are more important to the cleaning and disinfection of facilities than ever. EVS departments have long struggled with quality control and quality assurance (QC/QA) measures in the absence of regulatory direction. Enforcement of QC/QA has not taken a consistent hold, resulting in various professional opinions in both state and local health departments with similar inconsistency among third-party accrediting organizations. Hospitals have had to resort to a “performance-based” approach based mostly on products and human resources with inconsistencies distributed throughout the healthcare sectors.

This presentation will focus on key best practices to revise and implement effective EVS protocols to reduce the environmental burden while improving the overall cleanliness of the healthcare settings.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the current stances of regulatory and accrediting organizations on EVS
  • List the characteristics of QC/QA program in EVS systems.
  • Describe the role of the Environmental of Care committee as a unilateral resource for improvement across all EVS service lines.
  • Identify five key areas to assess in current EVS cleaning and disinfection processes.
  • The means to effectively assess and revise existing EVS systems.
  • Implementation of a QC/QA program within the Environmental Services.

 

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