If manufacturers don’t understand infection prevention protocol and which cleaning products are being used, how can they validate the surfaces can be cleaned and disinfected? What happens when the manufacturer warning states not to use acids or chlorine bleach, and a facility uses products that contain these chemicals?
In 2016, Linda Lybert was featured in Healthcare Facilities Management Magazine and introduced the Seven Aspects of Surface Selection©, which is the foundation of her Healthcare Surface Consulting organization.
A new article published in Infection Control Today by Matthew Hardwick, PhD; Debra Harris, PhD; Linda Lybert; and Amber Mitchell, DrPH, MPH, CPH, on the 2018 Healthcare Surfaces Summit, “Unprecedented Collaboration to Eliminate Infection and Illness Caused by Contaminated Surfaces in Healthcare Environments.”
Operating rooms are critical areas that turnover quickly from one case to the next. Typical turnover time is around 9 or 10 minutes. Pathogens can’t be seen and a quick turnover between patients leaves potential risk for the next. To ensure an OR can be disinfected and prepared effectively and efficiently requires evaluation – before construction begins.
Damage to a surface can begin at a microscopic level. Pits, cracks and fissures create the perfect environment for bacterial colonies to form and proliferate. Bio-burden recovers quickly after cleaning and the perfect storm has been created for pathogens to be transferred to other surfaces and to patients…
Over the last 15 years, I have met many professionals about the selection of surfaces in healthcare. It may surprise you to learn that many of these professionals believe that surfaces are just surfaces. They look at them more as design features or pieces of furniture than as a critical aspect of the healthcare environment.