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4 Things You Didn’t Know About Group Purchasing Organizations

As a healthcare provider, you’re required to follow stringent cleaning protocols to maintain a safe and healthy environment and mitigate the chances of disease or healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) from spreading. Creating distinct processes to ensure you’re maintaining the clinical integrit …

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6 Healthcare Settings That Attract Pests

Healthcare settings are as unique as the patient care they deliver. But one thing they have in common – from acute hospitals to urgent care to diagnostic facilities and specialist care – is that they are sensitive environments where pests aren’t tolerated. Each one requires a strategy that addresses …

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Trying to Diagnose Your Healthcare Pest Issue?

Pests can pose serious threats to any healthcare environment – it only takes visible pest activity to degrade your reputation and potentially compromise the health and safety of your patients, employees and visitors. While Integrated Pest Management (IPM) has become the healthcare industry standa …

Pest of the Quarter: Bed Bugs

Referred to as “bomb cyclones” by meteorologists, winter storms have been sweeping the U.S. causing dangerously low temperatures.* Also known as “invader season”, winter is a prime time for pests to flock inside in search of warmth, food and shelter. Once indoors, they can be difficult to control an …

A Joint Commission Checklist for Pest Control

Improving the quality of patient services is a priority for all healthcare facilities. Part of this ongoing improvement includes striving to meet the standards set by the Joint Commission. Along with setting standards for the quality of training, infrastructure and operations, many healthcare facili …

Sustainable Shortcuts to Green Pest Management

Expected to meet the highest level of cleanliness, healthcare facilities must follow strict standards when it comes to sanitation and maintenance. And when abiding by the The Joint Commission standards, it’s important not to forget that sustainable pest management is just as effective for your facil …

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Mosquito 101

As the weather heats up, so do mosquitoes. Summer is peak season for these threatening pests, whose bites can do more than just itch. Mosquitoes also can transmit diseases like the Zika virus, Chikungunya virus and West Nile virus. The good news? Everyone can do something to help prevent these pe …

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Employees Only – Keep These Flies Out of the Workplace

One rotten banana in an employee locker is all it takes for your facility to develop a fly infestation. Flies are stubborn pests that can undermine your business’s image and cost you money if you end up losing customers because of their activity. Even if you don’t prepare, sell or package food, y …

Which Pest Control Methods are Right for Your Facility?

Controlling pests in a sensitive environment requires a full range of treatment approaches that suit the specific situation. Orkin’s three-part video series, brought to you by Orkin’s Dr. Ron Harrison and the Association for the Healthcare Environment (AHE), is your guide to Integrated Pest Mana …