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 HealthcareHygiene Update

Hygienic floor cleaning for healthcare

Properly executed floor cleaning regimes can help to reduce the spread of infections in hospitals and other healthcare environments, as Natalie Dowse, marketing and product manager for Truvox International, explains.

The spread of infections and viruses can have a significantly negative effect in a number of different locations and settings - such as schools, leisure centres and the workplace - but when an outbreak occurs in a hospital the consequences can be even greater. People visiting or receiving treat- ment in these environments are already vulnerable to the spread of infection, so making sure that effective cleaning regimes are in place for waiting rooms, corridors, reception areas and wards is key. A clean and welcoming environment is also important froman aesthetic point of view, encouraging feelings of well-being and calmin people whomay be anxious or un- well. Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) is

The key to reducing the incidence of HAIs and cross contamination is to keep caring environments cleaned to a standard as near to ultimate hygiene as possible.

a termthat covers a wide range of infec- tions includingMRSA,MSSA, E.coli and C.difficile. HAIs are infections that develop as a direct result ofmedical or surgical treatment or contact in a healthcare set- ting. Healthcare providers can help tomin- imise the risk of cross infection in a number of ways, including: • Having a regular programme of infection control education and training for staff. • Ensuring that infection control practices and standards are beingmet through a programme of regular checks. • Keeping the environment clean. The key to reducing the incidence of HAIs

and cross contamination is to keep caring environments cleaned to a standard as near to ultimate hygiene as possible. To at-

tain the stringent standards required in high traffic, high risk areas such as A&E and operating theatres, they need to be cleaned rigorously at least once, some- times several times per day. The amount of traffic in other areas, such as wards, out- patient clinics and bathrooms, will influ- ence how frequently they are cleaned. Given the physical size ofmost health-

care settings, and the fact thatmany oper- ate on a 24-7 basis, floor cleaning machines need to be compact andma- noeuvrable to reach into tight corners and fit into smaller areas. Theymust also be as quiet as possible, especially where cleaning has to be carried out near patients, and safe, both for themachine operator and for other staff and patients. Above all, they have to be capable of doing tasks that are particularly important, like being able to clean under beds and furniture. A vital first step when looking to purchase

new floor cleaningmachines is to talk to equipment companies that have a good track record in supplying NHS Trusts and other organisations buying for hospital and healthcare cleaning. Once you’vemade your shortlist, ask each one howmany hos- pital and healthcare sales they havemade, and ask for the contact details of health service customers who can be contacted for references. This will provide you with a good background before product demon- strations take place, and help to ensure that your ultimate choice will be the best solution for your healthcare setting.

Cambridge and PeterboroughNHS Foundation Trust contract awarded

G4S Integrated Services has won a £3.9million contract to provide domestic cleaning, portering and catering

support to Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust. The three year agreement, with the option to extend for a further year, will see G4S initially delivering services

to 34 sites across Peterborough and Cambridgeshire, with further locations likely to be added in the future. Cleaning will be provided across the contract, with additional portering services and catering support at some specific sites. The contract started on 1 April 2014, with approximately 170 staff transfering to G4S Integrated Services under

TUPE employment regulations. StuartMold, director of healthcare and education at G4S Government Services, said: “G4S Integrated Services

is firmly established as a key provider of facilitiesmanagement within the NHS and has both considerable experi- ence and an excellent track record within this specialist sector.We look forward to working with the Trust to bring a first-rate service to patients, staff and visitors.” Chris Randall, deputy director of corporate finance of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation

Trust, said: “We are very pleased to be working with G4S Integrated Services in this new partnership and we are confident that our partnership be highly beneficial for our patients and staff.”

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UK floods During the extreme wet conditions of win- ter 2013/2014, several patient rooms within a cancer unit at a leading hospital in the south of England were breached by water ingress. Following remedial con- struction works, a commitment to eradi- cate a potential threat from waterborne bacteria became of great importance. Bioquell’s RBDS team, harnessing the benefits of hydrogen peroxide vapour (HPV) technology for room bio-decontami- nation, was deployed at short notice al- lowing swift turnaround of the affected areas.

Hospital combats bacteria following

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