COVID-19 highlights the importance of infection control.
While good hygiene practice is a good start to reduce infection rates in a healthcare facility, using products with inbuilt infection control features can assist in further reducing decontamination.
3 Areas to Improve for Infection Control
Mattresses are a breeding ground for bacteria. This is a good place to start your infection control.
Checked your mattress health lately? Is it torn or worn? Is the cover still in good condition to provide a hygienic surface to minimise potential infection?
Our Foam Mattress Health Checklist can guide you through some essential areas to check and see if it's time to replace or repair your mattress.
When it comes to choosing alternating pressure mattresses, check to see if it has these 3 infection control features:
1. sealed based with welded seams,
2. waterfall skirt and
3. sheathed connector.
What is a sealed base?
Imagine a standard mattress (the one you lie on, without bed sheets). It's cover is made of fabric and the seams in each corners are sewn with strings. Mattress fabric is woven and breathable thus allowing moisture, soiling and bacteria to permeate through the cover and the stitching allows dust and other nasties can accumulate.
Medical mattresses with sealed bases are designed to prevent this problem. The cover is made of Laminated Polyurethane (PU) and the seams are welded using heat.
There are no gaps for the bacteria to accumulate.
What is a waterfall skirt?
The Waterfall skirt provides protection from moisture ingress to conceal the medical grade zipper that attaches the removable cover to the base.
In the case of 2-layered and 3-layered medical mattresses, opt for a double-layered waterfall skirt to direct fluids away from mattress base.
What is a sheathed connector?
Less gaps, less infection risks. So in the case of an alternating pressure mattress connecting to a control unit, cords should not be left hanging loose, and the connector is covered with materials that can be cleaned and disinfected easily.
Alternating pressure mattress such as ProCair Plus has a sealed base, double-layered waterfall skirt and sheathed connector, making infection control easier.
ProCair Plus is awarded on
Shower Chairs and Commodes
When Bathroom toileting equipment is designed and manufactured well, it can significantly improve safety and infection control risk.
Prescription of any equipment requires considering the individual's preferences, safety, and clinical input from a healthcare provider. These criteria must be met to ensure safety, but what about the hygiene aspects of the equipment?
Because shower chairs and commodes are constantly exposed to moisture and are in direct contact with the individual, choosing equipment with completely sealed construction would prevent the ingress of bacteria inside the frame and at joins.
Ergonomic designs with minimal use hardware fixings mean
** Less joints = Fewer gaps = Less infection risk.
Having the ability to decontaminate at high temperatures of up to 85°C, and the ability to use bleach or peroxide-based disinfectants can further improve infection control.
A good bathroom/toileting aid should be simple to use, simple to clean with minimum joints and parts.
Ergonomically design Etac Clean is robustly manufactured to withstand industrial grade disinfecting process. There are no welding seams or holes from hardware fixings.
Etac Clean is awarded on NSW State Health Contract CF820.
Patient Lifters and Slings significantly reduce the risk of the patient or the carer injuring themselves during mobilising.
During this health crisis, there is increased awareness of the need for strict infection control measures and procedures. Using a single-patient use only sling is the perfect solution to prevent cross-contamination between patients. After the patient no longer requires the use of the sling, it is disposed of to isolate the sling from causing contamination to the surrounding sterile environment.
Single-use disposable slings prevent cross-contamination from infected patients while transporting them safely. A good disposable sling is made from non-woven, spun-bond polypropylene for a distinctly comfortable feel against exposed skin.
A good disposable sling such as the Prosling Disposable Sling is soft and gentle to the patient, yet strong to lift the entire body weight, with straps positioned to support safe comfortable transfer.
ProSling Disposable Sling is awarded on NSW State Health Contract CF820.