Enhanced Cleaning and Facility Safety Procedures

Enhanced, frequent and strict cleaning and facility procedures help ensure safe environments our patients and staff when they enter our buildings.

Our facility teams are putting in extra time, work and important measures to maximize cleanliness and minimize risk for our patients, visitors and staff. We have added new daily Environmental Services cleaning positions dedicated to public areas and nursing stations. Our enhanced cleaning procedures include:

  • Thorough cleaning and disinfecting in all areas, especially high-touch surfaces (door handles, handrails, wheelchairs, etc.) and common areas, every two hours or as often as needed throughout all our facilities.
  • UV light boxes to specific entrance locations for patients, visitors and caregivers to use Advanced Ultra-Violet Systems as an addition layer of disinfection for protection and safety for items such as cell phones and other small personal items.
  • Air scrubber units to clean the air after each COVID-suspected patient to make rooms safe for the next patient. 
  • Extended use of our Xenex LightStrike germ-zapping robots on inpatient nursing units. These units destroy germs, bacteria and other organisms using intense ultraviolet light before they pose a threat to patients and caregivers. The robots are incorporated as part of a room’s cleaning process and placed on both sides of the bed for five minutes each, and then in a patient’s restroom for another five minutes. Studies have shown a 50%-100% reduction in CdiffMRSA and SSI rates through use of the LightStrike robots. 

Additional Enhanced Facility Updates

- We have mandated a universal mask policy requiring that every staff member, patient and visitor where a mask (we will provide masks if you don’t have one)

- We have placed visual alerts such as signs and posters at entrances and in strategic places providing instruction on proper hand hygiene, respiratory illness education and protection and cough etiquette.

- We have enacted visitor restrictions to limit people within hospitals and clinics, with very few exceptions; Visitor Restrictions.

- We have implemented system-wide allowances for appropriate social distancing in all Adena facilities, which includes the re-engineering of common and waiting areas, placing barriers in places where six-foot spacing may not be possible. These spaces include areas like:

- Office waiting areas;
- Registration areas;
- Pedestrian hallways;
- Entrances and screening areas;
- Elevators;
- Gift shops;
- Cafeterias;
- Stairwells; and
- Restrooms
 

- We have closed areas that attract group gatherings to allow for social distancing.

- We are restarting our ambulatory surgeries and procedures at half of our normal capacity. This will limit the number of people in our buildings at any given time.

- We have started prior-day registration to minimize contact in our clinics, registration and waiting areas.

- We are screening patients for symptoms prior to their scheduled appointments and procedures by telephone and online.

- We utilize direct entry from check-in to exam room whenever possible.

- We are serving patrons over the counter food items including condiments and drinks in our cafeterias and food services areas to limit touching of self-serve food items.

- We have created areas to physically separate patients with respiratory symptoms.

- We created a COVID-19 cohort unit to isolate infected patients from non-COVID.

- We have opened a COVID-19 screening hotline, 740-542-SAFE (7233), and COVID-19 Screening Center to identify those suspected of being infected with Coronavirus.

- We are increasing our focus towards having Tobacco-Free facilities at all our properties to provide a tobacco-free and smoke-free environment for all of our patients, visitors and caregivers.

- We have removed toys, reading materials, or other communal objects.

Alternative Facility-Visit Care

- We have curbside drive-up lab collection services for blood draws and allergy testing in Chillicothe, Greenfield, Jackson and Waverly allowing patient to receive routine blood work from the safety of their vehicle. 

- We are offering Virtual Visits between patients and their provider using at-home technology to continue appointments via video or telephone limiting the risk of exposure.

- We are also moving some services and procedures to our regional hospitals and facilities where there is lower patient traffic and risk.