Routine Preventative Maintenance for your ProTeam Backpack Vacuum

Just as you maintain your car by getting a regular oil change, frequent preventative maintenance is required to extend the life and performance of your ProTeam Vacuum.

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Maintenance of the vacuum filters is vital to the safety of the equipment. A clogged/dirty filter restricts air flow and can result in a reduction of suction and vacuum overheating which would then damage the motor. Your environment will be the determiner of how often you will need to change your filters. Integrate the following tips into the cleaning routines at your facility:

  • Create and record all maintenance in a filter maintenance log
  • Cleaning professionals should check filters before and after use as well as every two hours of continued use to make sure that the filters are providing good air flow. Make sure that the pores of the filter are not clogged after it has been emptied. Always check for rips or tears and replace as needed.
  • Once a week, pull out the dome filter located in the bottom of the vacuum – shake out, rinse, and let dry
  • Every two weeks, inspect the HEPA filters – these filters should be replaced every 6 months or when they become discolored.
  • Once a month, hand or machine wash the Micro Cloth Filters and let air dry – Do Not put in the dryer.
  • The outer body of the vacuum can be cleaned with a wet sponge or cloth as needed.

 In the event that your vacuum does need to be repair, Pike Systems offers repair services and also sells Vacuum Repair parts right on our ecommerce site. Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have!

Cleaning for Flu and Cold Season

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Flu and Cold Season is upon us. It is a struggle every year to keep germs from spreading throughout schools, but there are countless resources and tools that can help. Read some of our past blogs for great tips on how to keep everyone in the school from the kids to the teachers happy and healthy!

The Benefits of Nitrile Gloves

Disposable gloves are one of the most widely used safety products on the market – just about every industry uses them for one reason or another. In the glove industry, we are seeing a switch. People are moving away from the use of latex gloves which are made with natural rubber, and replacing them with Nitrile gloves, which are made from synthetic rubber. While they are slightly different than latex gloves, nitrile gloves offer many benefits and should be put under consideration for any type of facility.

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Benefits of Nitrile Gloves:

  • Many people have a latex allergy that can be avoided by using Nitrile gloves, which are made using synthetic rubber
  • Nitrile is not quite as elastic as latex but does have the highest puncture resistance on the market – they are 3 times more resistant than latex – however, they are not tear resistant – once they have punctured a hole, they will rip. This could be seen as a good thing when you don’t want what you are dealing with to contaminate your hands. You will be very aware of any holes in the gloves.
  • Because Nitrile gloves tend to be thicker and stronger, they are great for wearing for an extended period of time
  • Chemical resistant -Nitrile is more resistant than natural rubber to oils and acids
  • Nitrile gloves have a long shelf life – longer than latex – if stored in a cool, dark and dry space, the gloves could have a shelf life of up to two years
  • Nitrile gloves are available in a variety of colors (pink and black) with purple and blue being the most commonly seen.
  • Nitrile is very close to latex in fit, feel, dexterity and durability, but are most effective at breaking up electrostatic charges and can tolerate higher temperatures than latex.
  • Nitrile gloves are also low in friction making them easier to put on.

Do you want to try a free sample pair of Nitrile gloves and see if they are right for your facility? Email jtiedt@pikesystems.com today to discuss which type would be the best fit for you!

Cost of HAI Treatment vs. Cost of Prevention

One of the healthcare industries biggest concerns and biggest costs is the treatment of healthcare acquired infections (HAI’s). HAI’s impose a significant economic consequence to healthcare systems as the cost of treating these diseases has reached heights of $9.8 billion annually with surgical site infections contributing to the highest percentage of cost (JAMA Internal Medicine).  

Only 1/3 of hospitals in the United States are in full compliance with key guidelines for HAI prevention and only 40% follow proper hand hygiene protocol. Because of this, one in 20 hospitalized patients will develop an HAI (US Center for Disease Control and Prevention). 70% of these infections are preventable through proper disinfection and cleaning measures which could result in major savings. A better evaluation of the cost of treating these infections vs. the cost of preventing the infections is needed to help facilities justify in the cost of prevention. The cost to prevent is significantly lower than the cost to treat.

Maintaining a diligent infection control practice is vital to the prevention of HAI’s in patients, workers and visitors alike. A small breach in protocol could ignite a HAI spread which is why implementation procedures are followed to a T. With the increase of multidrug-resistant organisms, environmental cleaning and disinfection has become even more important. Until recently, sporicidal disinfectants combated these organisms, but caused damaging corrosion, left an unsightly residue and cost a tremendous amount of money in replacement expenses. 

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Perisept, a technologically advanced, EPA registered, sporicidal disinfectant is effective in the fight against C. Diff and many other HAI’s in only 2 minutes. This product is changing how Infection Prevention and Environmental Services view high-level disinfectants because it is developed with the end user in mind. Perisept is cost effective by streamlining cleaning and disinfecting procedures and eliminating redundant re-cleaning due to residue and streaking. 

Read more about Perisept here.

Infection prevention can be achieved through a clear and concise protocol, on-going training programs and on-going monitoring. Pike Systems has the tools and products to help you address these issues. We can partner with you to create a healthier, greener healthcare facility.