What is proactive planned decontamination?

Shared patient equipment and facilities within a hospital pose an unknown level of risk of infection transmission between patients. Combined with this asymptomatic infection carriage (patients who carry an organism without displaying any symptoms) in patients transfers an unknown level of transmission on surfaces in the environment. Whilst a reactive decontamination plan manages the known risk of cross contamination from a patient with a known infection risk on discharge, it doesn't manage the many shared facilities of pieces of equipment they may have used during their stay in hospital. Hygiene Solutions developed this service to assist hospitals in reducing the background level of contamination in the hospital environment. This service involves a thorough assessment and survey of the physical building and equipment which is recorded into a cloud based software platform and populated to provide decontamination intervals based on the susceptibility risks of the patients in each area. Based on the decontamination intervals, the software will produce a list of areas or equipment for due decontamination each day for the decontamination technician to deliver. Close engagement with the relevant stakeholders in the hospital helps keep the program flexible around day to day needs and changing priorities. 

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 risk of contamination or cross-infection between patients using shared facilities
  • Our project teams work with you to thoroughly assess the equipment and physical areas posing the greatest risk of transmission of infection
  • 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
  • We work with you to ensure the area is manually cleaned and that the curtains, linen and other absorbent materials are removed
  • Our project teams monitor the predicted decontamination requirement adjust the work plan to meet the current priorities and infection risks

Deployment:

  • Our technician arrives on site and carries out pre-process 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 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