Cleaning, Disinfecting, Decontamination
Wipe and Swipe is not a valid technique in 2020
Infection Control poses a Risk to your
Human coronaviruses can remain infectious on inanimate surfaces for up to 9 days. Compromised patients within a High Risk Patient Zone are at risk when shared medical devices, equipment and reusable accessories and transducers are not processed as per the Manufacturers Cleaning Instructions.
Infection Control of devices and equipment are handled by hospital aides and unskilled support staff who very seldom get device specific manufacturer training. Wipe and Swipe on complex devices and surfaces is not effective and patients and clinical staff are at risk. Over-zealous cleaning using non-recommended chemicals does cause damage as a result of fluid ingress leading to unreliable equipment and repairs costing thousands of dollars.
Hospital / Organisation
This has a legal and compliance obligation to ensure all staff have access to the Manufacturer’s Cleaning Instructions and Directions for Use. In Australia, refer to AS/NZS 4187:2014and the NHMRC Guidelines for the Prevention and Control of Infection in Healthcare Section B1.5.1. Reducing the risk of adverse events is within the scope of Clinical Governance; any failure to do so has reputational and financial consequences.