Hello Everyone! Howard and I are currently at the Illinois APIC HAI Conference and have been getting amazing feedback on the Sanotracin from Infection Control. I wanted to share with you some of the comments. IC comments are below as well as general observations.
- “You will do well (with this product). The timing couldn’t be better” – IC Director
- “We tried Dispatch and Virasept – the damage to the surfaces wasn’t worth it; the Virasept had too strong of a odor.”
- “We need this product; How do we order?”
- We had numerous people SMELL the Sanotracin and received no negative feedback. Some of the people put their noses right in the bottle. As soon as you tell them that there is peracetic acid – they know what it smells like. They currently use peracetic acid now for instrument cleaning.
- Safe for use on LCD screens was huge! – They don’t have a product for this right now.
- We hadlots of inqueries about the wipes – many are looking for a wipe, especially home healthcare. Wipes are coming in November!!
- 90% of people hadn’t heard of Sanotracin yet and the newness made this show even more fun.
By definition, quality control is a system for verifying and maintaining a desired level of quality in a product or process by careful planning, use of proper equipment, continued inspection, and corrective action as required. Given this, if you had time, you could conduct quality control checks by watching a housekeeper clean, by using monitoring devices such as an ATP meter or ultraviolet marker, by monitoring supply consumption, etc. Cleaning quality will improve through added educational opportunities for staff, better accountability of staff, and open dialogue with cleaning personnel. The key is to get started and set the goal of making progress each week or each month.
Just because a surface looks clean, doesn’t mean that it is. In some instances, visual inspection may be helpful as a baseline but not as a reliable form of quality control for infection prevention. In addition, visual inspection is impossible to standardize. What I think looks clean, a colleague may feel is substandard. It is important to keep in mind that our goal is not cleaning for appearance; it’s cleaning for health.
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To get the maximum risk management benefit, housekeepers need to understand that each day they’re going into battle and that their role is critically important and necessary. They are performing tasks that “break the chain” of infection and could impact whether or not a patient contracts an HAI during their stay.
There is a strong link between HAI’s (Healthcare Acquired Infections) and surface disinfection. For this reason, healthcare facilities are placing increased emphasis on proper disinfection. Quality Control efforts have become more sophisticated and more consistent increasing availability of data and the accountability of the housekeeping department. Instead of wondering if an area was properly disinfected, hospital personnel can test surfaces to verify cleaning compliance. This link has elevated the professionalism of the housekeeper while at the same time forcing them to become more sophisticated. Visual inspection of cleaning compliance is no longer good enough. Housekeeping departments are facing added pressures to perform!
The lack of formal training coupled with high turnover rates, puts the housekeeping department at a disadvange from day one. In order to better control HAI’s, we need to train and certify housekeepers on key cleaning processes like patient room cleaning and restroom cleaning. Think of it as an insurance policy where the premium goes down with each added training opportunity. Except in this instance, the premium is actually a reduction in HAI’s.
Our Patient Room Cleaning 101 program focuses on the proper disinfection of “High-Touch” areas in healthcare and mirrors the recommendations set-forth by the CDC. To download a full list of the High-Touch areas that require special attention, click here.
As part of Patient Room Cleaning 101, participants are assessed on their mastery of occupied and discharge room cleaning. Participants are actually observed following the proper cleaning procedures and timed to ensure that they are efficient and effective. When they return back to you, you can send them into battle with a high level of confidence that they will return victorious in the battle against C.Diff, VRE, MRSA, and other HAI’s.
Pike Systems works with healthcare facilities to systematically reduce and control HAI’s through uniform cleaning procedures, a well-trained professional staff, and a documented routine housekeeping training curriculum.
A solid infection control plan is the ammunition you need to drive patients to your hospital and away from a competitor’s. Pike Systems specializes in the integration and implementation of a total Infection Control Program that integrates products, tools, and training into a cohesive program. Many healthcare facilities purchase cleaning supplies and equipment through their GPO and receive little after sale support from vendors. As a result, training typically falls on the environmental services department whose resources are already strained leaving new hires and existing staff with little or no formal training.
Environmental Services is the last line of defense on the road to infection prevention. In order for the housekeeping department to effectively do their part in controlling the spread of HAI’s, each housekeeper must be trained on cleaning procedures and the processes must be followed. Adaptations to procedures by housekeepers open the hospital and the department up to scrutiny and jeopardize patient health.
An educational intervention is key in transforming the Environmental Services Department into cleaning professionals tasked with controlling the spread of infection. An educational intervention builds their knowledge base from the ground up beginning with their role in infection prevention,
Housekeepers need to be prepared to go into combat each day. Some days they’re fighting MRSA, some days it’s C.Diff. Either way, they need the knowledge, tools, and support to be successful. You would never see a school district with no grading rubric or a transportation department without planned routes or schedules or a teaching staff that was never trained or certified. Why then, would we send a housekeeper who hasn’t been trained, into a patient room to perform the most important processes in the hospital: patient room disinfection.
EPA-Registered One-Step, One-Application Sporicidal Disinfectant
This one step, one-application disinfectant eliminates more than 99.9999% of C. difficile in 3 minutes. Sanotracin RTU also kills MRSA, E. Coli and 50 other pathogens in 2 minutes; including the ESKAPE pathogens: Enterococcus faecalis (VRE), Staphylococcus aureus, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Acinetobacter baumannii, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and Enterobacter species. Sanotracin RTU does not contain alcohol or bleach, it requires no rinsing and it also does not leave a film on surfaces.
Sanotracin RTU is a unique hospital-grade sporicidal disinfectant that is ideal for all health care facilities, including but not limited to, patient rooms, obstetrical suites, autopsy facilities, operating rooms, doctor’s offices, physical therapy departments, ICU, emergency rooms, long-term care and nursing homes.
Save Time & Money: No Need to Reapply
Sanotracin RTU’s patented chemistry provides rapid results which saves time and labor costs. With its powerful wetting agents, Sanotracin RTU stays wet for its entire dwell time, no need to reapply. This ensures that Sanotracin RTU will achieve an efficacy of 99.9999% in 3 minutes against the hard-to-kill C. difficile spores.
Sanotracin RTU provides maximum effectiveness without the risks associated with bleach. Bleach is known for causing damage to flooring, clothing/uniforms, upholstery, LCD screens, medical equipment, furniture and even more surfaces. There are additional risk of handling or mixing bleach by the housekeeping staff, as well as, respiratory issues for patients and staff who breath in the fumes.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, EPA-registered disinfectants with a sporicidal claim have been used with success for environmental surface disinfection in patient care areas.
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