What is open bed space decontamination?

The need for open bed space decontamination often arises in clinical areas where there are multiple beds in bay or multiple occupancy room. This is typically in complex environments such as ICU (Intensive Care Unit), HDU (High Dependency Unit), day surgery unit or renal dialysis suite. Often in these open areas occupied by multiple beds it is not possible to operate a standard decontamination cycle because there are no physical walls or containment within the space. Our technicians have developed a safe operating system that allows these beds to be decontaminated without disruption to the rest of the bay, clinic or speciality unit and the patients. 

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:

  • You identify the increased incidence of an infection, an increased rate or infection or a specific risk of cross contamination from a patient
  • You isolate or cohort the patients affected to minimise the risk of cross infection
  • Our project teams work with you to identify the bed spaces, clinical areas and equipment which may present a risk of cross-contamination to other patients
  • We work with you to ensure the area is manually cleaned and that the curtains, linen and other absorbent materials are removed

Deployment:

  • Our technician arrives on site and carries out pre-process safety checks
  • We prepare the area for the decontamination cycle and erect the containment structure and remote monitoring devices
  • We liaise with the clinical and hospital staff in the adjacent areas to ensure they are fully informed about the decontamination process
  • We 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 admission of the next patient