Important Considerations When Cleaning Operating Rooms

Ideally, cleaning operating rooms should keep present microorganisms to an irreducible minimum, protecting the health and safety of everyone in the operating suite. After all, contaminants can enter the room via the patient, medical staff, and inanimate objects; even the air can contain microbial-laden dust, lint, skin squames, or respiratory droplets. How do you achieve […]

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The Truth About Hand Sanitizers

Although gel-based hand sanitizer was first invented in 1966 by an RN named Lupe Hernandez, it was originally only used in hospital and medical settings. The product didn’t become popularized for home and personal use until the 1980s and 1990s. Today, hand sanitizer is everywhere. Not only is it in every hospital room and doctor’s […]

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Creating an Effective Emergency Plan for Your Facility

We always hope that there’s never an emergency at our facilities but hoping to avert a crisis will not protect us from one. Creating a good emergency plan for your facility is a necessary step in dealing effectively with an unforeseen event. We’re going to discuss what types of emergencies you should plan for, what […]

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Avoid These Commercial Floor Care Mistakes

This month, we’d like to spotlight the cleaning of floors of commercial buildings. These floors get an abundance of foot traffic (in all kinds of weather) and inadvertent damage from objects being dropped on and dragged or pushed across them. Properly maintaining the floor of your commercial building requires more care and attention than a […]

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What is a Green Building, and How to Become One

As a building manager, you have probably heard the terms Green Building and Green Building Certification being thrown around. While it may sound like a buzzword, it’s actually not a new concept. As the Green Building Initiative gains momentum, becoming well-versed in what going green entails and getting your building on board is important. What […]

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How Long do Bacteria and Viruses Survive Outside the Body?

Bacteria and viruses thrive in warm, moist environments. But they can live a surprisingly long time almost anywhere you touch: countertops, door handles, curtains, toys, computers, even inside refrigerators and freezers. In fact, scientists just discovered long-dormant germs in animal remains exposed by melting permafrost in Siberia. A 12-year-old boy died and 20 people were […]

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Tips for Keeping Pollen Allergies in Check This Spring

The same things that make springtime wonderful make it miserable for people with pollen allergies: flowers, grass, trees, breezes. When the weather warms and blossoms bloom, the world is alive with allergy triggers. If you struggle with spring allergies, it’s tempting to just stay indoors. But your indoor space might actually be worse for your […]

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How to Avoid Getting Sick This Winter

No one ever wants to get sick, and no one plans for a cold or the flu to wreak havoc on their schedule, let alone their immune system. When the weather gets colder, we all huddle inside, creating a perfect storm for bacteria and illness to multiply. The flu virus actually thrives in cold air, […]

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The Benefits of Smart Buildings

People are pretty smart, in general. If you put a group of people in an office building on a daily basis, they’ll soon figure out all its little quirks. Which rooms tend to run hot or cold, what combination of lights can be adjusted to make the room just a little brighter or dimmer, what […]

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