Help make shared equipment safer. Promote best practice to break the chain of infection, support infection prevention professionals and protect patients.
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!
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Mark Garvey, Consultant Clinical Specialist, University Hospitals Birmingham
With antibiotic resistance on the rise, it's more important than ever to break the chain of infection.
A study from the USA demonstrated that multiple significant pathogens could be found on the handles of tympanic membrane thermometers. 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.
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.
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 . Invisible markers placed on these items to examine whether cleaning was happening showed that items may not be cleaned for up to six days.
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 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.
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.