Every hospital and healthcare facility across the UK is expected to follow stringent cleaning routines and guidelines.
Even before the COVID-19 pandemic changed the world as we know it, extreme focus was placed on disinfection and sanitisation, and professionals in healthcare facilities such as nursing homes, dentists, doctors and hospitals were expected to do all they could to reduce the spread of infection and standardise cleaning.
However, as the coronavirus pandemic spread across the globe, hospitals and doctors surgeries had to do even more to reduce the spread of COVID-19, caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Find out more about disinfectant for coronavirus.
When it comes to sanitising and disinfecting hospital and healthcare equipment, healthcare facilities are expected to follow rigid cleaning protocols in order to make sure every surface is cleaned and disinfected to government standards and regulations such as COSHH.
Why does hospital equipment need to be sterilised and disinfected?
It’s no secret that hospitals, doctors surgeries, dentists and other healthcare facilities are hubs for infection and disease.
People with suppressed and low immune systems visit surgeries and hospitals, so it’s important that proper cleaning routines are in place for medical devices, rooms and surfaces before and after use, in order to reduce the spread of infection.
Additionally, wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) and cleaning and disinfecting medical equipment and surfaces also protects caregivers, doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals from contracting viruses.
However, not all staff have time to scrub down and decontaminate surfaces between patients - especially when there are waiting rooms full of people who need help.
This is why healthcare professionals need a disinfectant that will give them an extra layer of protection and lasts longer.
X-Mist medical disinfectant spray is fully tested to BS EN 14476, BS EN 1276 & BS EN 1650 standards, lasts up to seven days and can sanitise entire rooms within an hour.
What healthcare equipment needs to be disinfected?
Every single healthcare device and piece of equipment and device should be cleaned and sterilised before use.
There is a difference between cleaning, sanitising and disinfecting. The differences are:
- Cleaning removes dirt and debris from objects and surfaces. Soaps, detergents and water are often used and may not necessarily kill these germs.
- Disinfection kills bacteria through the use of disinfectant chemicals. Bleach and alcohol are common disinfectants. Disinfection doesn’t clean a surface.
- Sanitising simply means reducing the number of bacteria on a surface or object to a safe level. This can be done by cleaning and/or disinfecting.
Waiting room furniture
Waiting rooms are high footfall areas with a lot of touch points. Furniture such as chairs, tables, coffee machines and even magazines should be regularly disinfected in order to remove any harmful germs and bacteria. Additionally, door handles and restrooms should also be regularly cleaned and sanitised.
Examination room furniture
High footfall rooms such as Doctor’s offices and exam rooms must be regularly cleaned and disinfected, along with furniture such as hospital beds, chairs and reusable equipment.
Hard to reach areas such as the top of cabinets, posters and even pamphlet displays also need to be regularly disinfected.
Once the surfaces and equipment have been cleaned, you should sanitise and disinfect the area with a hospital disinfectant that is effective against a wide range of superbugs and viruses.
The medical equipment used in surgery is wrapped up and sealed in packaging and then steamed at 134°C, so that they are completely clean and germ free before use.
Once a hospital or healthcare company receives this equipment, it goes through the Sterile Services team who run the equipment through washer disinfectors that run at 90-95°C. Whilst this temperature is near boiling point, it doesn’t remove all bacteria, but does make the equipment safe to handle.
The equipment then goes to the Inspection and Packaging (IAP) room where staff ensure all medical instruments are up to standard and spotless.
Some tools are reusable and therefore cleaned and sanitised before they’re used again, and others are disposed of in a safe manner, in order to reduce the risk of infection.
Disinfect your hospital equipment with X-mist hospital sanitiser
X-Mist hospital room sanitiser can help medical professionals efficiently clean waiting rooms in medical facilities such as hospitals or doctors surgeries. Effective against germs responsible for colds, flu, staph infections, and MRSA and microorganisms that cause E- coli, Salmonella and Legionella.
You should also make sure there’s a consistent stock of hand sanitiser available so that staff, visitors and patients can regularly sanitise their hands.
X-Mist hand sanitiser and all surface disinfectant helps protect healthcare professionals and patients from harmful viruses and germs including coronavirus, wherever, whenever. Our high quality formula contains softening ingredients that are gentle on the skin, but kills up to 99.99% of bacteria.