THE IMPORTANCE OF DISINFECTING A ROOM
Prevention Is The Key To Stopping Disease
Infection prevention and control in healthcare settings are extremely important in providing the best patient outcomes. Healthcare facilities are constantly asked to achieve more but with less time and less money.
Proper disinfection and monitoring of disinfection require adequate time. According to studies, more than 50%t of health care surfaces are not properly disinfected. These leave behind pathogens that increase the risk of Healthcare Acquired Infections (HCAI’S) by 39% – 353% for the next patient who enters the room. Environmental services staff often feels pressure to turn a room around; however, cutting cleaning time can leave behind harmful pathogens that put the next patient at risk. Cutting corners for time can range from no disinfecting at all to disinfecting only high-touch points. These leave behind harmful pathogens and can have adverse outcomes for the next patient.
Less Time Available, More Time Needed.
Recommended cleaning time in 2009 were 25-30 minutes for an occupied patient room and 40-45 minutes for terminal cleaning. However, more superbugs like C. diff and MRSA have emerged. This know means more time should be taken to ensure these hard-to-kill pathogens are eradicated from a room.
Environmental services workers should also receive adequate training on various components of proper cleaning including dwell time for disinfectant chemicals. Proper cleaning of health care environments should be a top priority for hospitals (and often are), and this does not happen without a strong infection control teams who are dedicated to cleaning and disinfecting rooms thoroughly.
No-touch autonomous disinfection with the T-1000 is one way that health care facilities can ensure the environment that patients used are disinfected and protected against pathogens as much as possible.