Vent Grille Cleaning
Risk of Infection
Hospitals are familiar with the risks of HAIs and the costs of MRSA infections. Evidence suggests MRSA and aspergillus can pose a risk as airborne pathogens.
The MRSA bacteria is commonly found in ‘dusty’ and inaccessible areas such as air conditioning or extraction ducts and it has been evidenced that MRSA can survive on surfaces or skin cells for up to 80 days. Uncleaned vent grilles assist in the circulation of pathogens so it is essential to ensure they are cleaned effectively and on a regular basis.
The Most Susceptible
Theatres, in particular, require safe, clean air. Yet, over time, dust can collect in vent grilles, reducing the overall air quality and leading to an increased risk in the acquisition of Surgical Site Infections (SSIs). An acquisition of such an infection by a patient ultimately leads to a longer hospital stay, impacting the throughput of patients and bed capacity, as well as cost of care.
A robust schedule of vent grille cleaning is therefore especially beneficial to staff and patients in theatres, but also in wards and treatment rooms, as well as specialist areas including ICU, oncology and respiratory clinics.
Our vent grille cleaning services can be combined with our other services focused on the |air vector of transmission to create an effective strategy, ensuring a consistent supply of clean air.
Did you know?
The required air change rate can only be sustained with a well-maintained ventilation system1
How Inivos Can Help
We manage the project from end-to-end to ensure all stakeholders are aligned through clear communication of a complete project plan. Our teams of qualified technicians are able to operate 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to ensure rapid turnaround and minimum disturbance or disruption to the clinical schedule. This involves:
Our first step is to survey the vent grille and to take samples to actively assess the current the condition and implement the correct cleaning plan. This allows us to analyse the microbial growth and degree of dust contamination.
One of our skilled technicians carries out effective cleaning through the use of a HEPA filtered vacuum followed by manual cleaning with anti-bacterial wipes.
After cleaning and disinfection, we validate the efficacy through sampling and re-testing of the microbiological and physical parameters, before providing you with a report. We will also provide you with photographic evidence as part of an audit trail for you to maintain as part of your monitoring and recording.