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Is your healthcare facility ready for a state inspection?

April 26, 2013

Long-term healthcare facilities are prone to pest problems. Why? They have patients and visitors coming and going all day, every day. And with them come personal belongings and personal pests.

This can be particularly dangerous to a facility responsible for the wellness of patients and pose a serious health hazard. In fact, many state department of health complaint lines are currently being flooded with pest reports at healthcare facilities. That's why a commercial pest management program is vital for providing preventative services and maintaining control of pests and compliance with department of health regulations.

Don’t let your facility be caught out of compliance and facing high fines. State departments of health are required by law to provide annual inspections to healthcare facilities. Failure to provide documentation of preventative measures on a complaint follow-up could be costly for your facility.

A professional commercial pest program tailored to meet your needs can prevent these fines and is your first step in pest control. Together they can help train staff on identification and reporting , and provide the safest and most effective pesticide for your specific pest problem. Patients will be happy to know they're being treated in a pest-free environment and employees will feel safer at work.

In addition to patients and visitors, buildings can spread pests as well. Older buildings can harbor pests that many owners are unaware of, leading to structural damage. Healthcare buildings are subject to inspections and fines, as well, if an infestation that you may not be aware of is found. A commercial pest care professional can provide monthly inspections to ensure the integrity of your building and suggest preventative measures for overexposed or vulnerable areas.

Don’t allow the reputation of your care to be compromised by a pest problem. Take pride in knowing that your facility and building is pest-free and structurally sound. A preventative program with a commercial pest provider will ensure that your building and patient environment remain pest-free, and that pest problems are taken care of promptly. Investing in a preventative pest plan is one less problem to distract healthcare providers from doing what they do best—providing high-quality care.

Authored By: ScherZinger

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