Infection breakouts in any healthcare setting can be disastrous. They can lead to staff shortages and vulnerable patients becoming even sicker. We recommend all hospitals, vets, dentists, and care homes invest in the best technology to help prevent infection from spreading and ensure all staff, patients and visitors are kept safe and well.
Here are our top 5 recommendations.
These are a great piece of tech to use when you want to disinfect a large area. It sprays a fine mist of chemical solution into a room which sanitises the whole environment. Because it’s a fine spray, the solution can be applied to corners and other difficult to reach areas meaning you’ll know everywhere has been cleaned thoroughly.
If carried out correctly, this is a safe and effective method of sanitising an area such as an empty ward or visitors area. The chemical solution can kill a wide range of pathogens and reduce airborne contaminants.
However, it is not a substitute for regular cleaning and disinfecting. Using a fogging machine is an additional process on top of your routine cleaning procedures.
Microorganisms can grow and thrive in residual water, so it is essential that all reusable medical items are dried correctly. Biofilm can develop on equipment such as catheters and anaesthetic hoses which mean there is a greater risk of HAIs.
Drying cabinets work by having a forced air source and circulation controlled conditions. This ensures all your equipment is dried thoroughly and safe to reuse.
Dekomed’s drying cabinets are fitted with HEPA – High-Efficiency Particulate Air – filters that prevent the spread of airborne contaminants. They work by filtering 99.95% of particles from the air before it’s used to dry the equipment. Any biological pollutants are trapped on the filter and keep all equipment clean.
We know there’s regular cleaning of equipment and surfaces in all healthcare settings, but cleaning the air is slightly tricker. An air steriliser basically takes in air, cleans it and releases it back into a room. Any bacteria or viruses in the air are removed, making the space safer.
Air sterilisers are perfect for rooms where ventilation isn’t great. Many healthcare providers use them in bathrooms where windows are small. They are fully automated and chemical-free, so they can provide cleaning support every day.
Again, air sterilisers are not a replacement for regular cleaning and disinfecting but will undoubtedly make a massive difference in helping to fight infection breakouts.
Automatic Hand Sanitiser Dispensers
Perhaps not as sophisticated as other tech on this list, but having automatic hand sanitiser dispensers strategically placed around your workplace can vastly reduce the spread of infection.
Good hand hygiene is vital as many infections are transferred by touch. All staff, patients and visitors must have access to hand cleaning facilities.
Instead of bottles, these automatic dispensers cannot be moved. They work by using sensors, so they are not touched. They also disperse the right amount of sanitiser, meaning less waste. They’re in a fixed place, meaning people will see them and automatically use them.
Place them at all entry and exit points, and they will be a reminder to everyone to keep their hands clean.
Washer disinfectors clean and disinfect reusable medical equipment. They are the safest way to clean equipment that may have been in contact with bacteria and viruses. Washer disinfectors come in various sizes with different trays and drawers, so you can find the perfect machine to suit your healthcare setting.
All dirty equipment is placed in a washer disinfector and then will have a cold-water pre-rinse. This removes any visible dirt attached to the equipment. Next is a detergent cycle which cleans the equipment, and finally, thermal disinfection is carried out.
All of Dekomed’s washer-disinfectors have pre-programmed cycles to ensure the correct temperature is reached for the right amount of time. This guarantees your equipment is clean and safe to reuse.
Washer disinfectors save you time, are safer than manual cleaning and can be adapted to clean different types of equipment. They play a vital role in any infection control policy.
How we help
Dekomed specialises in providing state of the art washer disinfectors and drying cabinets. We understand that keeping staff and patients safe is your number one priority and know that having robust cleaning procedures in place will ensure infection breakouts don’t occur.
To find out more about how we can enhance your automated cleaning procedures, call us on 0161 483 7333