The Risk of Infection
Hospitals are familiar with the risks of HAI’s and the costs of MRSA infections. Evidence suggests MRSA and Aspergillus in particular can pose a risk as airborne pathogens.
It is becoming apparent that there is an increasing discrepancy between demands on the NHS and hospital resources available which can be seen in the increased length of waiting lists, especially for elective surgery. It is essential that the risk of SSIs is decreased to control the length of hospital stays and, therefore, the issue with waiting lists. By ensuring theatres are accredited, this can be achieved as well as meaning hospitals are in line with NICE SSI guidelines.
The Most Susceptible
Whether it be in theatres or specialist areas which care for patients whose immune systems are compromised, maintaining air quality is essential in reducing the risk of transmission of infection. When these groups of patients acquire an infection, it is likely to result in a longer hospital stay, impacting the throughput of patients and bed capacity, as well as cost of care.
In theatres, it is essential to provide safe, clean air to reduce the risk of SSIs. Other factors required in auditing guidelines for full accreditation include validation that air pressure, velocity and filtration systems are in good working order and air sampling and analysis, which is all provided under our service.
Did you know?
Several microorganisms, including Staphylococci can survive for prolonged periods in the environment and since these organisms normally live on skin, they can accumulate in dust. Staphylococci are an important cause of surgical site infection²
How Inivos Can Help
This enables us to reduce the risk of a patient acquiring and infection whilst in hospital, by reducing the number of reservoirs available for dangerous pathogens to multiply.
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 qualified technicians are trained to meet your needs and using their wide breadth of knowledge will carry out the relevant tests required to validate the operating theatre. The range of assessments that can be carried out include ACH measures, air velocity testing, filter integrity testing, particle counts, microbiological active air sampling and analysis and airflow visualisation. Our technicians are also equipped with highly sophisticated validation testing equipment to ensure the highest level of accreditation.
After we have completed our assessment, we will provide a comprehensive report as well as validated accreditation to show that the theatre has fulfilled relevant guidelines. If the assessment results show that any guidelines have not been reached, we can provide authenticated advice on appropriate steps required to correct this.