Steps to Safe and Healthy Hospital Environments

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When looking for a hospital to treat yourself and your family, there are several things you should look for in order to ensure that the hospitals adhere to safety standards. If you have been sick or know someone who has been sick recently, then you too might be even more sensitive to this subject topic. Here are Steps to Safe and Healthy Hospital Environments. guide you.

Cleaning at hospital’s surroundings

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If you are walking through the hallways of a hospital, are they shiny and new or do they look outdated? The entrance to any building should be well kept. If it is not, then something isn’t right.

Cleaning at waiting rooms

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Nearly all hospitals will have a main lobby or entrance for family members and loved ones to wait in while their family member is being treated. This waiting area should always be clean with fresh, clean water provided for any visitors. There shouldn’t be anything broken that can’t be fixed quickly (like fixtures, chairs, etc). If you walk into a hospital’s waiting room only to find it dirty, then this is another sign there are problems in the building.

Are handrails kept up

It is important when walking through the halls of any hospital that you notice whether or not handrails exist on stairs and if they are up-kept well enough that they don’t shake, loosen or wobble. This might seem like a small detail but loose handrails could lead to injury for those who need the railings most.

Friendly staff members

While you are walking through any hospital, keep an eye on the interactions of the staff as they go about their tasks and duties. Do they look stressed out and overworked? Are they constantly apologizing for delays in service including bathroom breaks? Staff should be happy to be working at a hospital and will offer sincere apologies when errors occur (because we all make them). Hospital workers should not apologize constantly or try to downplay complaints (since errors do happen more often than we want them to). If someone is acting with you, these types of behaviors could indicate bigger problems within the hospital.

Is there paper everywhere

A common concern about hospitals, especially in areas where flu outbreaks are present is whether or not they allow patients to bring in their own tissues for comfort while sitting in waiting rooms, etc. Most of the time if you ask a hospital attendant this question you will be denied use of your own tissue item even though it might help you feel more comfortable during long waits and less likely to spread germs through sneezing and coughing into shared items. The real question here should be noted as: “Does the hospital have a constant supply of tissues readily available for patient needs at all times?”. If not, then that is a problem because one infected person could share their illness with other patient visitors just by not having tissues readily available.

What are the bathrooms like

While you are waiting in a hospital for your loved one to be called, staying close to the bathroom is never a bad idea. If you find yourself drawn to the facilities more often than normal while visiting a hospital, there could be underlying issues within that building’s water system or its septic system. Either way, this should always be taken note of immediately since it might signal serious problems ahead.

Is there a water stain on the ceiling tiles

Hospitals are one of the biggest consumers of cleaning supplies and that includes bleach-based products which can leave behind ugly water stains if they are not cleaned up properly. If you notice water stains on ceiling tiles, this could indicate a deeper problem within the building’s infrastructure (and might even signal mold growth in certain areas of the hospital). These stains should not be ignored and minute details like these can help you determine if it is worth avoiding that facility or avoiding that facility altogether.


While all hospitals should be clean and functioning normally, not all of them are. Knowing what to look for when visiting a hospital will help you determine if the place is well-maintained or if you need to find another hospital. The fact that no two hospitals are alike should also be considered as several factors can change how each facility operates including funding, construction, and location as well as staffing ratios. By paying attention to these small details, you can spot potential problems early on, avoid those facilities altogether and seek care elsewhere.

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