Aspect #2: Surfaces as Assemblies

It is critical that during the evaluation process, the assembly of surfaces is understood.  Different materials and textiles are often combined into a single product, making the product difficult (or even impossible) to clean/disinfect. It is true that some of this is unavoidable. However, it is entirely possible to reduce the number of products in a room that present difficult or impossible disinfection challenges.

Critical Considerations:

Microbial reservoirs are found at material connection points and on textured surfaces.

When we look closely at surfaces surrounding the patient, we see similar combinations and connections between different materials. Seams, baton strips and connects between surfaces create microbial reservoirs that can be completely avoided when this problem is understood.

  Over 60 surface materials make up a variety of assemblies within 3 feet of the patient bed

Over 60 surface materials make up a variety of assemblies within 3 feet of the patient bed

  Microbial reservoirs are found at material connection points and on textured surfaces

Microbial reservoirs are found at material connection points and on textured surfaces