Given the current climate, it’s important that aged care and health facilities are well maintained and adequately sanitised. Here are some of the best practices you can follow to keep such facilities clean and hygienic, promoting the health of the staff, patients and visitors alike.
Always wear gloves
When handling equipment and tools in a healthcare or aged care facility, you should always be wearing gloves properly. If you’re not doing so, you run the risk of spreading dangerous viruses or bacteria. Some of the ways to control contaminants and limit impurities include:
- having different gloves for various tasks
- changing gloves after each task or between patients
- removing gloves and disposing them properly when moving from an ops area to a shared area
Pay attention to high-touch areas
High-touch areas are the most likely to harbour bacteria and contaminants since more people have used or handled them. As such, they require special attention when sanitising. High-touch areas and surfaces include bed rails and bed frames, door knobs, remote controls, tray tables and IV poles.
Work your way from the cleanest areas
A common misconception when cleaning aged care and healthcare facilities is that you should begin your clean in the dirtiest room. This however, increases the chance of spreading viruses, bacteria and dirt from the dirty places to the cleaner areas. Rather, you should begin your clean from the cleanest wards to the more unhygienic areas to avoid transporting germs as you clean.
Properly dispose of contaminated materials
Make sure to dispose of soiled surfaces, materials and solutions properly. There should be no chance of contamination during removal to guarantee the personnel’s absolute safety. Proper disposal begins with identification of the type of waste and ensuring they are disposed of accordingly.
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