Whole Room Decontamination

Minimising the risk of a patient acquiring a Hospital Associated Infection (HAI) is a vital part of any infection prevention and control strategy, with surfaces being a common vector of transmission for dangerous pathogens. Whole room decontamination breaks the chain of infection in providing a sterile environment, free of microbes, which limits the spread of infection; in turn, improving the efficiency of patient turnover.

Risk of Infection

Several infections including MRSA, VRE and C. diff are all known to survive on surfaces and can be transmitted simply by touch. And evidence has also shown that the risk of acquiring one of these infections is higher if a new admission is placed in a room previously occupied by a patient infected with one of these pathogens. But these are not the only concerns. CRE, CPE and norovirus are also able to survive on surfaces and can be transmitted in the same way. For this reason, effective cleaning has become a stalwart in the prevention and control of HAIs.

 

The Limits of Manual Cleaning

Manual cleaning using detergent or disinfectant based products and methods can help prevent and control microbial and viral pathogens such as MRSA and norovirus but they are not enough to guarantee safe, non-infective 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.

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Did you know?

Using pulsed UV for routine once-daily disinfection of ward surfaces halves the number of housekeeping hours(1).

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

Hydrogen peroxide systems are effective against MRSA, M. tuberculosis, viruses, sporeformers, VRE, and multiresistant Gram-negative bacilli, including Acinetobacter spp

Hydrogen peroxide systems may offer reliable microbicidal activity against all hospital pathogens(2)

Sources: 1. Saurabh R. Shrivastava, Prateek S. Shrivastava & Jegadeesh Ramasamy (2013) Airborne infection control in healthcare settings, Infection Ecology & Epidemiology, 3:1, DOI: 10.3402/iee.v3i0.21411. 2. Eames I., Tang J., Li Y., Wilson P. Airborne transmission of disease in hospitals. J. R. Soc. Interface. 2009;6:S697–S702.

How Inivos Can Help

Inivos have developed innovative disinfection robots
that harness UV-C light ray and hydrogen peroxide
vapour technology to ensure an efficacious and effective decontamination of whole rooms, with a proven, measured, system of validation for each and every cleaning cycle.

Using this technology, we offer whole room decontamination as a scheduled managed service contract or as an on-call service for emergency situations, specific areas or projects. This technology has been independently verified to achieve a log 6 reduction of bacteria.

Our Service

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:

Pre-Cleaning Assessment

Our technician carries out pre-process safety checks; checking access to the area to be decontaminated, making sure deep cleaning has been effectively carried out before preparing the area ready for decontamination.

Finally, the technician will 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.