Decontamination of clinical areas, isolation rooms, patient areas and equipment where there is a risk of contamination from the last patient.

This service is often deployed where a stand-alone patient represents a risk of infection transmission to the hospital, for example, a patient from abroad with a multidrug-resistant infection. It can also be deployed in hospitals where there is an increased incidence of infection across the whole bed base rather than just a specific ward or area. 

Why do this?

Evidence shows that manual cleaning practices are not enough to remove infectious contamination from equipment and the environment. By decontaminating high risk areas after patients have been discharged, you eliminate the risk of the next patient getting the same infection.

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 a location or room in the hospital where there is a known or perceived risk of pathogenic contamination in the environment or on the physical equipment from the current or last patient
  • When the patient is about to be moved or discharged from the room, you mobilise a Hygiene Solutions technician by calling the 24/7 Helpline
  • You arrange for the area to be manually cleaned and the curtains, linen and other absorbent materials removed
  • You identify any clinical equipment that could present a risk of cross-infection and place it in the room to be decontaminated
  • Our technician arrives on site and carries out pre-process safety checks

Deployment:

  • They prepare the area for the decontamination cycle and erect the containment structure and remote monitoring devices
  • 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