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The future for hospital hygiene
With media and government focus on hygiene
and infection rates as high as ever it is critical
for hospitals to be able to demonstrate their
cleaning regimes are working effectively.
Whilst visual assessment will continue to play
an important role in this, there is now an
increased need for a more sensitive and
quantitative approach.
One technology that meets this demand is
adenosine tri-phosphate (ATP) hygiene
monitoring. ATP is the energy molecule found
within every living cell. Because of its
ubiquitous nature, ATP provides an easy
method to demonstrate whether organic
residues, including microbial contamination, the hospital or Trust from Infection Control recommendation from the Department of
are present on an environmental surface. management to Estates and Facilities teams, Health’s Rapid Review Panel (RRP). Trials of
The Clean-Trace hygiene management solution
and from Chief Executives to Board Members. the system were undertaken in seven
from 3M Health Care harnesses ATP Allowing the measurement, monitoring,
Showcase Hospitals across England as part
bioluminescence technology and combines it improvement and control of the hospital cleaning
of the Healthcare Associated Infections
with a sophisticated online reporting system to process, whilst providing the flexibility to scale
Technology Innovation Programme*, with
offer healthcare professionals a cost-effective up the solution across the hospital or Trust, the
reductions in biocontamination levels being
solution which supports the focus on improved Clean-Trace hygiene management solution
observed in all hospitals.
quality of cleanliness and hygiene allows easy comparison of hygiene performance Mike Bennett, UK Marketing Manager for
management in healthcare settings. between different areas in a hospital and 3M Microbiology says “The RRP Level 1
Combining the recognised benefits of ATP
demonstrates trends in cleaning effectiveness. recommendation really highlights the impact
hygiene monitoring with the added The solution allows easy management of data
the Clean-Trace system could have in
convenience of automated online trend reporting with automated reports being sent to
improving hospital hygiene and this is clear
analysis and report generation and delivery, specified stakeholders at a predetermined
from the Showcase Hospital report. Studies
the Clean-Trace hygiene management solution frequency, saving time that would be required
have shown cleanliness is a key concern for
includes Clean-Trace Clinical ATP swabs, if manual analysis and reporting of hygiene
the general public and patients, we firmly
the Clean-Trace NGi luminometer and the data was necessary.
believe this solution can help hospitals restore
Clean-Trace online reporting system.
some of that lost confidence”.
The Clean-Trace hygiene management solution
Integral to the solution from 3M Health Care is is designed to support a simple ethos; that there
If you would like further information, please
the wealth of experience brought from its is a need for continual improvement of hygiene
visit the 3M website at
dedicated hospital team, bringing exceptional standards, and the adoption of this culture could
service and support along with technical help hospitals improve their image, patient
consultancy to ensure the solution fits experience and support compliance to hygiene
customers’ requirements. standards as set out by the Department of Health
The Clean-Trace hygiene management solution
and Care Quality Commission.
provides hospital-wide control and offers many The Clean-Trace system is currently the only
benefits to healthcare professionals throughout ATP system to have received a Level 1
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