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Delivering meals to patient rooms has become increasingly difficult. Many hospitals have benefited from dedicated meal delivery carts that do not leave high risk floors, rather than transporting them back to the kitchen after each service. These steps, when combined with increased cleaning procedures, have had a positive impact on limiting the possible spread of pathogens.
Transporting Food From the KitchenAny time objects are moved in and out of high risk areas, there is a potential that pathogens be spread. In many hospitals, this has presented specific challenges when attempting to provide meals to patients.
In some cases, a whole new meal delivery protocol had to be implemented. One popular approach has been to dedicate meal carts to specific areas that could be classified as high-risk environments. This way the food from the kitchen only has to be taken to one area to be offloaded. From there the dedicated carts can be taken to individual rooms. In other areas cart covers have been used to help reduce the possibility of cross-contaimination.
Cleaning and sanitizing procedures are nothing new to hospitals, and certainly not for equipment, trays, plates and other items that may have been in a contagion-rich environment. But, there are always opportunities to improve upon safety and efficiency. To help address these challenges, it is helpful to break your cleaning requirements into two categories: small areas,and large areas. From there finding the most effective solution for each is made much easier.
Nothing tells your staff that you care about their safety more than making sure they are protected. Wearing protective equipment isn't new but when delivering meals in high-risk areas of a hospital, taking extra precautions just makes sense. As demand has risen for hospital protective equipment, a new emphasis on building up stock of critical items has come to the forefront. Now is a great time to build your stock levels.
If you have another unforeseen area of your business directly affected by the coronavirus, feel free to reach out to an on-call healthcare expert - we are here to help. We also encourage those with questions to please email our award-winning customer support team for assistance.
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