Hospital Floors Shine with New Battery Glazer
Each year, U.S. News & World Report, ranks hospitals throughout the United States, listing what they believe are the best medical facilities the country has to offer. The methodology used to determine the rankings is complicated, but in general they evaluate patient outcomes: which hospitals’ patients get well sooner and stay well longer.
Of course, patients, especially those with serious illnesses, find this information valuable. But when selecting a hospital, its ranking is just one thing users look at. They also talk to nurses, doctors, and other patients, and many judge a hospital’s competence and effectiveness in a somewhat unusual way: based on how clean the floor is.
The cleanliness of a medical facility—especially its floors—can speak volumes. With the cost of healthcare skyrocketing along with concerns about hospital-acquired illnesses, patients have little tolerance for a hospital that is not well maintained from the floors up.
A major Midwestern hospital was successful in keeping large portions of its floors, such as those in key walkways, lobbies, and meeting areas, in tip-top condition. However, this facility also had a 25-story building devoted exclusively to outpatient care consisting of more than 300 small, crowded exam rooms used for a variety of medical purposes.
The floors in these small rooms were proving to be an ongoing maintenance problem, receiving complaints from not only patients but doctors and nurses as well. There were three reasons these floors were not up to par.
- First, the rooms were so small it was hard to use a conventional floor machine in them to clean, scrub, and polish the floors.
- Second, the rooms were used constantly, many 12 hours per day.
- And finally, for security reasons, the entire area was closed off to all staff, including cleaning workers, at night, making after-hours cleaning impossible.
To rectify the problem the hospital developed a floorcare system so that all exam rooms were swept and damp mopped at least once per day even if it meant closing off a floor. But there was still the problem of polishing the floor. The daily mopping soon removed the floor’s finish.
The hospital needed a burnisher to restore the shine, and it had to be small, so it could be used in tight quarters, and quiet because the area was usually busy with patients and hospital personnel.
After considerable investigation, they found a machine that fit the bill: the new Battery Glazer 17 from Tornado Industries.®
The Battery Glazer 17 is battery operated, using an environmentally preferable gel battery system that lasts up to two hours before recharging. Because the charger is built into the machine, all that is needed to recharge the Glazer is to plug it into the wall.
Tests at the hospital found it can clean as much as 15,000 square feet between charges. And at just 59 decibels, it is so quiet, it can be used just about anywhere throughout the day. In fact, it’s so quiet, some people do not even know it running.
Another plus is the fact that the Glazer also has a built-in dust-control system. This helps it protect indoor air quality as it cleans—a must in a medical facility.
This hospital already ranks as one of the top medical facilities in the United States. And although having clean, shiny floors in the exam rooms as a result of the Battery Glazer 17 may not raise its ranking, for those patients who evaluate a medical facility by its cleanliness from the floors up, its status has gone up considerably.