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.
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.