Choose the right disinfectant
- Understand the pathogens that cause risk in your facility, and select a disinfectant that is effective against those key pathogens.
- Assess what will be best for the surfaces, equipment, your staff and patients.
- Task-oriented disinfectants may be necessary to address harder to kill pathogens but may not necessarily be the disinfectant that you chose to use throughout your facility in order to address safety and compatibility concerns.
Balance of Cost, Quality and Results
- Continual pressure to reduce costs and control budgets can result in neglect and the lost opportunity to improve standards.
- Force a more strategic look at total cost in order to achieve consistent results rather than just acquiring cheaper disinfectant products.
- To add real value look at improving outcomes, offer good incentives for staff and proper management of procedures by placing the focus on helping your staff do more in less time.
- Update cleaning and disinfection protocols, consider faster more effective disinfectants, improved cleaning tools and equipment to deliver quality results while reducing labour.
- Achieving consistent results reduces overall health risks while allowing you to make proper assessment and focus on productivity.
Compliance and Dwell Times
- If the disinfectant label contact time is not achieved, there is a risk that the surface will not be properly disinfected and could create risk for everyone who comes into the environment.
- Humidity, temperature, and disinfectant ingredients, such as high levels of alcohol, can impact dwell times, as they may cause surfaces to dry before the contact time is achieved.
- It is best to consult the manufacturer’s label to determine the kill claim times for pathogens that are relevant to your facility.
Disinfectant Ready-to-use Wipes
A recent study by the American Journal of Infection Control has shown that staff are more likely to be compliant with disinfectant protocols when using disinfectant wipes, especially in hospitals and medical facilities. When compared to the traditional towel and bucket method, ready-to-use wipes significantly increased compliance by 35%, decreased cleaning time by 23%, and reduced cost per employee, per day. Read Study Here
Prepare the surface
Even if you are able to simplify your process with a disinfectant cleaner that both cleans and disinfects in one step, it is necessary to pre-clean the surface prior to disinfection in order to ensure the disinfectant’s effectiveness and to achieve optimum results.
No one disinfectant is compatible with all surfaces, fabrics and equipment. It is important to understand the risks associated with your disinfectant and its impact on the surfaces, equipment, and fabrics in your environment.
Understand the pathogens that cause risk to your business and select the best disinfectant to eliminate them.
- Choose the right disinfectant.
- Balance of cost, quality and results.
- Prepare the surface.
- Adhere to compliance and dwell times.
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