Patient Equipment Decontamination

Surfaces provide a reservoir for a number of bacteria and viruses where they can survive for prolonged periods of time. Furthermore, when contaminated, they enable the transmission of these pathogens simply through touch – presenting a risk of infection.

In a clinical setting, the risk is compounded by immunocompromised patients, who are more susceptible to infection, as well as patient equipment, which is often shared, presenting a risk of HAI acquisition. Decontamination of such equipment therefore plays a key role in breaking the chain of infection.

Risk of Infection

Crucial medical equipment is relied upon to administer care. Yet, without being effectively and routinely cleaned, this can become contaminated and act as a vector of transmission between patients. MRSA, C. diff, VRE and norovirus are particularly stable and can survive on surfaces for prolonged periods of time. It has therefore been concluded that it is essential to decontaminate equipment thoroughly, before and after use for all patients and regardless of the type of equipment, how often and where it is used.

 

The Inefficiency of Manual Cleaning

Manual cleaning is an essential component in an effective infection prevention and control strategy, however disinfectant-based cleaning products may be ineffective in controlling microbial and viral pathogens such as MRSA and norovirus. Manual cleaning alone cannot provide the assurance that the reduction of pathogens reaches safe levels. This is often a result of unavoidable human error but also as a result of the fact that the effectiveness of this method of cleaning is difficult to measure. As a result of the inefficiency of manual cleaning, new approaches have been proposed.

Talk to us about your decontamination requirements

Did you know?

UV-C radiation has been proven to reduce 99.8% of C.diff spores in 50 minutes and 99.9% of vegetative bacteria on surfaces in as little as 15 minutes1.

Fully automated UV-C systems significantly reduce C. difficile, VRE, and MRSA contamination on frequently handled hospital surfaces

Hydrogen peroxide systems may offer reliable microbicidal activity against all hospital pathogens²

How Inivos Can Help

Inivos offers a highly effective decontamination service thanks to the use of its innovative UV-C light ray and hydrogen peroxide vapour disinfection robots. This technology ensures an efficacious and effective decontamination of patient equipment, with a proven, measured system of validation for each and every cleaning cycle. With technology independently verified to achieve a log 6 reduction of bacteria, we offer patient equipment decontamination as both an on-call service or part of a managed contract.

Our Service

Our service is particularly suited to decontaminating loan equipment such as wheelchairs or walking frames whilst in storage and isolation rooms and is best taken in conjunction with our whole room decontamination service. We manage our service 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:

Pre-Cleaning Assessment

Our technician carries out pre-process safety and preparation checks; sorting the equipment to be decontaminated into a cohort, ensuring the area has been manually cleaned and removing absorbent materials from the area.

They then further prepare the area for decontamination by erecting sheeting so as to compartmentalise the whole room before sealing and isolating any fire alarm systems or vents, if required. Finally, they liaise with clinical or hospital staff in adjacent areas to ensure they are fully informed about the decontamination process.

Active Cleaning

The next step is to carry out the decontamination process using the correct and most appropriate disinfection robot. This will either be through the use of our UV-C light ray system, Ultra-V, or with our low concentrate hydrogen peroxide vapour system, ProXcide.

Validated Assurance

After cleaning and disinfecting, our technician will check the area is safe to readmit patients, dismantle any enclosures and remove the disinfection robot and equipment to allow clinical or hospital staff to prepare the room for the readmission of patients.

Sources:
1. When compared to the time taken for manual disinfection using alcohol wipes.
2. Dancer SJ. Controlling hospital-acquired infection: focus on the role of the environment and new technologies for decontamination. Clin Microbiol Rev. 2014;27(4):665-690. doi:10.1128/CMR.00020-14.