What is patient journey decontamination?

The management of a patient with a known infection risk, through their journey in hospital can be challenging. With hospital bed capacities under pressure, Hygiene Solutions developed the patient journey decontamination service to reduce the risk of patients contaminating the environments and facilities they use throughout their stay. Typically hospitals deploy this service for very high risk patients or hypervirulent infections such as Klebsiella pneumoniae or Candida auris.

This service involves close liaison with senior hospital management staff to map in real-time the journey of each patient through the facility, decontaminating the rooms and equipment that are at risk of contamination. This can include x-ray room and equipment, physio-therapy areas, dialysis rooms and theatres. This is an intensive program designed to reduce the risk of cross infection from a particular patient and provide the hospital management a high level of assurance around infection management. 

It 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 patient who could pose a specific infection risk to others within the hospital, ward or speciality
  • Our project teams work with you to identify the patients and environments at risk and predict the patient movement
  • Our project teams work with you to ensure that we have the right support structure in place to be able to respond to the demand and fit around any patient moves or clinical procedures
  • Our team work with all relevant stakeholders including building engineering, facilities and domestic services to build a plan that enables our technicians to access the areas and deliver the decontamination service on-demand
  • 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 safety checks
  • 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 that 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
  • They will then 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
  • Our project teams will continue to work closely with you through each patient journey to ensure we are identifying and managing the environmental contamination risk throughout their time in hospital