Clean Between

Join the Clean Between campaign

Help make shared equipment safer. Promote best practice to break the chain of infection, support infection prevention professionals and protect patients.

Clean Between Pack

To help stop the spread of infection, we're helping run 'Clean Between' events all over the country. To run your own event download our resources pack below!

Clean-Between-Pack

What you get:

  • 6 poster designs to encourage best practice on the ward
  • Exclusive 'Clean Between' screensaver, to remind staff whenever they use the computer
  • Two summary sheets of the Birmingham study, helping explain the importance of proper infection prevention to staff
  • Copy of the open-access, full-text article

Ideal for:

  • Infection prevention and control teams
  • Senior nurses and ward managers
  • Domestic services and facilities managers
  • Anyone who wants to improve patient safety

We saw a 55% reduction in MRSA acquisitions.

Mark Garvey, Consultant Clinical Specialist, University Hospitals Birmingham

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Prevention over treatment

With antibiotic resistance on the rise, it's more important than ever to break the chain of infection.

Evidence

Studies have shown that equipment that is used by multiple patients are not always effectively decontaminated. In one study, 89% of equipment cleaned by clinical staff failed the hygiene benchmark[1].

A study from the USA demonstrated that multiple significant pathogens could be found on the handles of tympanic membrane thermometers[2]. When these were artificially contaminated with a harmless organism to demonstrate the potential for transmission, 75% of the vital signs monitoring equipment tested became positive. The researchers tested whether any cleaning was taking place and invisible ultraviolet marks remained in place for 14 days with no cleaning taking place.

Researchers in Australia have demonstrated that a disinfectant wipe adequately decontaminated a blood pressure cuff, making it safe to be used on the next person[3].

Education for staff and feedback of cleaning performance has been shown to improve standards of cleaning for mobile patient equipment and reduce risk to patients[4].

Benign surrogate markers used to mimic spread of microorganisms in an intensive care unit and inoculated onto shared portable equipment disseminated widely to surfaces in patient rooms and common work areas and to other types of portable equipment [5]. Invisible markers placed on these items to examine whether cleaning was happening showed that items may not be cleaned for up to six days.

55% reduction in MRSA

Between April 2016 and December 2017, Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham reduced their MRSA acquisition rates by 55% [6].

MRSA graph
How did they do it? The researchers identified three key factors...

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Changing to a one-step wipe

Queen Elizabeth replaced their old two-step detergent and disinfectant wipe regime with Clinell Universal. Universal cleans and disinfects in a single step and has disinfectant activity from just 10 seconds. The researchers suggest that, by focusing on human factors and moving to a simpler routine, they maximised opportunities for safe practice.

Changing to a one-step wipe

Queen Elizabeth replaced their old two-step detergent and disinfectant wipe regime with Clinell Universal. Universal cleans and disinfects in a single step and has disinfectant activity from just 10 seconds. The researchers suggest that, by focusing on human factors and moving to a simpler routine, they maximised opportunities for safe practice.

Effective product

More effective product

Changing to Clinell Universal was carefully considered. The research team tested several single-step wipes for efficacy against a wide range of common hospital pathogens. The top two performing wipes were then trialled for staff feedback. The combination of powerful efficacy and ease-of-use made Clinell Universal the preferred choice.

More effective product

Changing to Clinell Universal was carefully considered. The research team tested several single-step wipes for efficacy against a wide range of common hospital pathogens. The top two performing wipes were then trialled for staff feedback. The combination of powerful efficacy and ease-of-use made Clinell Universal the preferred choice.

Training

Training and education

Our experienced Infection Prevention Nurse Trainers were on-hand to deliver our award-winning education package. Over 1100 healthcare workers were taught the importance of, and best practices for, proper cleaning and disinfection. This includes the dangers of transference, and how cleaning can break the chain of infection.

Training and education

Our experienced Infection Prevention Nurse Trainers were on-hand to deliver our award-winning education package. Over 1100 healthcare workers were taught the importance of, and best practices for, proper cleaning and disinfection. This includes the dangers of transference, and how cleaning can break the chain of infection.

References
References
  1. Anderson, R.E., et al., Cleanliness audit of clinical surfaces and equipment: who cleans what? J Hosp Infect, 2011. 78(3): p. 178-81.
  2. John, A.R., et al., Evaluation of the potential for electronic thermometers to contribute to spread of healthcare-associated pathogens. Am J Infect Control, 2018. 46(6): p. 708-710.
  3. Zimmerman, P.A., M. Browne, and D. Rowland, Instilling a culture of cleaning: effectiveness of decontamination practices on non-disposable sphygmomanometer cuffs. Journal of Infection Prevention, 2018. 19(6).
  4. Reese, S.M., et al., Implementation of cleaning and evaluation process for mobile patient equipment using adenosine triphosphate. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol, 2019. 40(7): p. 798-800.
  5. John, A., et al., Contaminated Portable Equipment Is a Potential Vector for Dissemination of Pathogens in the Intensive Care Unit. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol, 2017. 38(10): p. 1247-9.
  6. Garvey M, et al. Wiping out MRSA: effect of introducing a universal disinfection wipe in a large UK teaching hospital. Antimicrob Resist Infect Control 2018;7(1).

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