What is theatre decontamination?

Increasingly invasive procedures, more complex equipment and changing infection risks have forced hospitals to develop new ways to improve theatre utilisation. Hygiene Solutions have developed the theatre decontamination service to assist hospitals in minimise downtime between procedures, reducing the risk of patients acquiring infection whilst in theatre and increasing the amount of time theatres are operational for. By developing an understanding of the the layout and structure of theatres, planned admissions and discharge requirements of the hospital, Hygiene Solutions work with with senior clinical management to develop an agreed program of decontamination both proactively post theatre use and reactively between procedures. 

This service can be delivered as an On-Call service as part of a Project or as a deployment within your Managed Service provision.

The process for this service follows:

Preparation:

  • Our project teams work with you to identify suitable times to access the theatres and the areas within the theatre complex that present risk, and to address any other specific considerations such as ventilation, HEPA filter compatibility and restriction of access
  • Our team will then work with all relevant stakeholders, including building engineering, facilities and domestic services to build a plan that works around the operational capacity and theatre availability
  • We work with you to ensure the area is manually cleaned and that the curtains, linen and other absorbent materials are removed
  • Our technician arrives on site and carries out pre-process safety checks

Deployment:

  • You identify an increased level of incidence or risk of infection in a clinical area or within a specific patient group
  • They liaise with the clinical and hospital staff in the adjacent areas to ensure they are fully informed about the decontamination process
  • They carry out the decontamination process and validate it to ensure it has met specific process parameters
  • Finally, our technician will check the area is safe to readmit patients back into, dismantle the enclosure, and clear the decontamination equipment and systems to allow the clinical staff to prepare the area for the next patient