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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Question

Recently, there was a question regarding the national average for hospital cleaning per hour --1,500 to 2,000 square feet per hour. Do you have a national average (benchmark) for time to clean a nursing home resident room, or a number for square foot cleaning?


Answer

We often get this sort of question because people feel there is value in knowing a national average. My response is simple. Do your own benchmarking in your own facility with your own staff and your own equipment, and you will indeed have something worth while.
Iím not saying national averages (when you can find them) are entirely meaningless, but unless you know that the facilities and circumstances match yours closely, they can be.
Benchmarking is done by breaking down various operations into their essential parts and then timing the parts to get an idea of what needs to be allowed in the future for a similar effort. For example, when you have measured your own time for cleaning a residentís room, you now can project what is needed for any number of rooms in your facility. Time out one room and you have a number that makes sense in your facility. Time out ten rooms to get an average for your facility and you will have a benchmark more accurate than a national average.
I waited for an answer from someone who may actually know, but no one volunteered.
Lynn E. Krafft, ICAN/ATEX Associate Editor
lekrafft@juno.com