Cleaning Medical Facilities
Infection Control and Prevention
Everyone has a role to play in the prevention and control of healthcare-associated infection.
We want to ensure the best possible service to our clients and we will arrange for someone to be available if you are inspected to help give all information required, explain our practises, and quickly resolve any issues. We are also happy to make amendments to the specification as and when new requirements come in.
We recommend that everything should be cleaned and disinfected in between every patient so as to ensure there is no cross infection. Also all surfaces etc should be made of certain materials so as to avoid the risk of incubation (changing carpets for hard floors (especially in treatment rooms), also replacing privacy curtains with disposable ones.
Care Quality Commission (CQC)
The CQC was set up to ensure patients received a very good standard of care across all areas of the NHS. They have set out some very detailed guidelines explaining what standards should be maintained and have even gone as far as to say how these should be achieved.
These guidelines are then audited and monitored by various CQC appointed inspectors. This does not seem to have eliminated Infection Control inspections by the responsible PCT or Trust bodies, which we can also assist with.
The CQC remit is very wide ranging and this is leading to a degree of confusion, and interpretation, especially in certain areas such as CRB Checking and Infection Control. One thing that is not in doubt is that to be able to continue to practice it is necessary for all surgeries to register by April 2013.
We are conversant with the requirements and will ensure that your establishment will be able to comply with the CQC’s ongoing monitoring system. To help surgeries we are suggesting that the following items are included in specifications where applicable.
We will ensure that colour coded mops, buckets and cloths are on site with a poster clearly showing areas and colour of equipment to be used, in accordance with the NPSA Colour Coding scheme.
We are currently recommending using 2 different anti-viral disinfectants (both effective against MRSA, H1N1,c-difficil etc) to prevent the spread of infection on a rotational basis, as it is recommended not to use the same chemical for too long as germs can build up a resistance to it. These are amongst the latest development in cleaning materials and have been specifically engineered with today’s needs in mind.