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The Word To PAS or not to PAS

Andrew Large, Chief Executive of the CSSA

On 13th June 2011, the Department of Health will be launching PAS 5748 at the AHCP Conference in Telford. For the uninitiated, PAS 5748 is

a new BSI specification for the cleaning of hospitals, setting out how that cleaning should be managed.

The PAS has been the subject of much debate and discussion, in which the CSSA and many other bodies have been involved. It is undoubtedly a good idea to revisit the NHS National Specifications for Cleanliness and see

if they can be improved. It is just a shame that PAS 5748 doesn’t really get it right.

There are two key areas of concern. The first is that by introducing a whole new series of risk management procedures the PAS creates complexity within the hospitals and makes it more likely that staff will become confused or their actions slowed by bureaucracy. Instead of creating new risk management structures the PAS should focus on ensuring that hospitals do not fall below minimum cleaning frequencies, as many are inclined to do.

More seriously though, the PAS represents a retreat from science in the management of infection control towards a system driven by patient and visitor perception. This is wrong and it will lead to all sorts of unforeseen consequences. A system that relies on the

perception of the general public is a system that will lead to hospitals smelling strongly of cleaning products and with floors like mirrors. It will not lead to hospitals making investments in micro fibre or steam cleaning nor will it drive them to invest in cleaning regimes that focus on patient and clinical staff touchpoints. The PAS is a missed opportunity and infection control may well suffer as a result.

One final thought; the localism agenda of the Coalition Government is leading to an atomisation of hospital cleaning to the level of the individual Trust. We think it is wrong of the Department of Health to abdicate responsibility in this absolutely vital area. The statistics on MRSA and C. Diff are showing a marked improvement. We tinker with the regime that brought this about at our peril.

Flush with success - launching a product

Matt Anderson, Cradle UK

As you may remember, my first article for TC (Tomorrow’s Cleaning) was based around my thoughts and experiences of this year’s Cleaning Show. I commented

on a product called Flush 1000, which was being exhibited by a father and daughter. It was a neat little product that, in all honesty, needed some work, but it has since been taken on Ashgrove Specialist Products Ltd.

I thought it would be interesting to ask Ashgrove how the product is progressing since they took over distribution and sales in March, and what steps have been taken to make this

product a real success. Jon Horton (Ashgrove MD) was kind enough to discuss his experiences with me: “We were always up against the clock, once the distribution agreement for the UK and Europe was signed, we concentrated on following up the leads that were generated from The Cleaning Show. Two weeks had passed before we started contacting the customers who had taken information and samples, but the process was a great way to find out what their thoughts were, and to gauge if we had actually got a ‘little gem’ of a product that we hoped we had.

“The initial responses from these leads were incredibly positive, and we managed to set up a number of trials with some Local Authorities. Some of these trials are now at an advanced stage, and again, looking very positive.

“In addition to these initial leads, a number of our existing customers have also taken the

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Flush1000 on-board. We have also received some serious interest from the retail market for domestic use.

“Having established that we had a promising product, we worked quickly to put the Ashgrove stamp on it. We redesigned the logo and the literature, to give the product a much fresher look to it, and we have also listened to some of our customer feedback, by looking to add a fragrance and a descaler to the formulation. A new formulation has been developed, and testing is already underway.

“Whilst it is early days, we believe that Flush1000 will become an integral part of Ashgrove’s product range, and will be one of those products which will be continually evolving.”

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