Design Healthcare Kitchens for Optimal Food Safety

By Ashley Almodovar

Design Healthcare Kitchens for Food Safety

Food safety has been a critical topic in the foodservice industry, most especially in the kitchens of healthcare facilities. Hospitals patients have vulnerable immune systems and can be impacted by food-borne illnesses more intensely than the average healthy person. To ensure safe meal service, train your staff to pay close attention to kitchen operations from food preparation and cooking to food storage and cleaning practices.

Here are easy safety tips to help optimize your healthcare kitchen:

Be Allergen Safe
A variety of purple kitchen smallwares are now available ranging from cooking utensils to storage. Stock up on allergen-safe supplies and set up a station to store these items away from the rest of the kitchen.

Set a Purple Station
According to a Food Management article, several hospitals are creating a separate prep area specifically for allergen safe purposes. It minimizes risk of cross-contamination and allows for meals to be created with dedicated equipment.

So Fresh & So Clean
Have a well-organized shelving unit or wall shelving to hold food or supplies and maintain proper safety. Clean food spills quickly to prevent bacteria from growing and keep floors spick and span. Read about other food safety guidelines here.

Establish a Checklist
Use a checklist to track all areas of your kitchen to ensure prep, food, and utensils follow food safety criteria. LA County Department of Public Health offers a great resource on food safety.

Train Your Staff
Educating employees from the kitchen staff to servers prevents dangers of contamination among patients. Provide proper training on what they need to do while handling food, especially gluten or allergy-free offerings.

Up Your Menu
Craft an allergen or gluten-free menu to accommodate patients with allergies. There are several options out there to help cater to people with food sensitivities. Here’s an article on a hospital chef who has created amazing options.

Gain more insights about the Healthcare industry:

Designing Healthcare Dining Spaces for Improved Patient Satisfaction
TriMark R.W. Smith

Game Changers in Healthcare Foodservice
Foodservice Equipment & Supplies

Tips for Improving Foodservice for Patients
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Healthful Menu Changes Boost Hospital’s Dining Program
Food Management

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2 Comments on Design Healthcare Kitchens for Optimal Food Safety

  1. Kendall Everett
    July 26, 2016 10:51 am at 10:51 am (3 years ago)

    I love the idea of creating a purple station to help avoid cross contamination for allergies. It helps to have a separate space to create food for those with allergies or special needs. Creating the station to look different from the others would be a good way to ensure nobody gets them confused.

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  2. Mary
    November 29, 2016 7:50 am at 7:50 am (2 years ago)

    Food safety, especially in regards to allergens and cross contamination is so important throughout the food industry. Awareness about allergens and the ways cross contamination often occurs is essential when building and organizing a kitchen. Food education online is a great place to learn more!

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