When a patient comes through your doors, you never know what illness they’re coming in with. It’s imperative that you have procedures in place to deal with any scenario to keep your surgery clean and safe for staff and patients alike – whether that’s tackling an outbreak of Norovirus of the decontamination of spilt blood and bodily fluids.
Common Services we offer to Doctor’s Surgeries
Keeping your surgery hygienic with the amount of patients who come through the doors every day, all with their own illnesses and infections, can be challenging. Especially during the winter months when certain illnesses like Influenza and Norovirus are more common.
At Ideal Response, we can offer hygiene cleaning in response to such incidents. While daily cleaning of your surgery is vital to help keep the spread of germs and illnesses under control, there are extra measures you can take. Air and Surface Defence from Ideal Response can help keep your surfaces safe for up to twelve months.
A physical barrier of carbon chains is created, which point up like tiny swords, penetrating any microbe which lands on the surface. This action prohibits any bacteria, viruses and even mould from growing on the treated surface. After treatment, surfaces can be cleaned as usual without the Air and Surface Defence being washed off.
A CQC inspection can be a stressful time. You have to prove that you ‘Provide and maintain a clean and appropriate environment in managed premises that facilitates the prevention and control of infections. The environmental cleaning and decontamination policy should specify how to clean all areas, fixtures and fittings. Curtains/blinds should be visibly clean with no blood or body substances, dust, dirt, debris, stains or spillages.’
While daily cleaning will help you comply with The Health and Social Care Act 2008, Code of Practice on the prevention and control of infections and related guidance, sometimes extra help is needed.
Not only can we respond to emergency biohazard or hygiene cleans, but we can set up periodic cleaning on a schedule that suits you to help ensure compliance and help bring your surgery up to required standards.
Hazardous and Trauma Cleaning
Doctor’s Surgeries and GP Practices by their very nature encounter many scenarios where blood or bodily fluids may be spilt across the environment. From amniotic fluid to incontinence, to stitches and blood samples, the risk is present, however much you try to prepare.
Blood and bodily fluids – including vomit and faeces – can be hazardous to those who come into contact with them. It is easy to assume that once the spill has been cleaned up that all hazards have gone just because you can no longer see any traces of blood or bodily fluid. But many bacteria and viruses can live on surfaces for hours, if not days.
To ensure the safety of your staff and your patients, it’s imperative that the contaminated area is thoroughly cleaned, decontaminated and sanitised. For instance, bleach may be effective at killing the HIV virus but Hepatitis is much hardier and requires much stricter conditions to effectively eradicate.