In the healthcare world, dealing with cancer is an unfortunate, but standard practice. To combat this deadly disease cytotoxic drugs are used. These drugs prevent the replication and growth of cells to resist the rapid development of cancerous cells, Rheumatoid-Arthritis, and Multiple Sclerosis. These drugs are difficult to control once inside the human body and can cause numerous side effects. It’s clear these drugs are aggressive inside the human body, so what happens if a spill occurs in a lab environment?
In the modern age of disease prevention, it is of paramount importance to know the differences between cleaning, disinfecting and sanitizing, plus the benefits of each. Most people believe these terms are synonymous but don’t realize how different they are. For instance, if you are cleaning a surface that needs serious disinfecting you might be putting yourself and others at risk of contracting whatever was on the surface. Let’s begin.
The most significant risk for your employees during the winter is due to Hypothermia which is abnormally low core body temperature, and that occurs when cold temperatures cause the body to lose heat faster than it can be produced.
Accidents happen, it’s simply a fact of life. Every day healthcare workers throughout the world come in contact with hazardous fluid spills and can be in immediate danger without the proper protection. Gone are the days of the mop and bucket, now personal protection equipment and compliant spill cleanup kits are the standard for healthcare professionals.
Hospital costs are essential to understanding value-based care and are even more critical when analyzing cost-saving interventions during surgery. Past reports have found that 1 minute in the OR ranges in cost from $7 to over $100 per minute, depending on the location and surgeon.
Proper cleaning is often the first line of defense against the spread of infectious diseases; a place where this is most notable is in public restrooms. Many factors go into why a public bathroom is a high-risk environment; the bluntest reason comes from Dr. Michael Berry who referred to it as a "Biohazardous waste transfer station" (Berry). This is due to it being the place where biohazardous waste is transferred from one system to another, and it doesn't always go smoothly due to drips, spills, accidents, overflows, plumbing failures, etc.
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 you are entitled to a safe workplace. Your employer must provide a workplace free of known health and safety hazards. If you have concerns, you have the right to speak up about them without fear of retaliation. You also have the right to:
Hospitals and other medical facilities face a seemingly constant battle against healthcare-acquired infections (HAIs). These are infections that come either from the health care itself, from caregivers, or from tubes that enter the body. One of the main contributors to the spread of germs is hard surfaces. Beatrix Babcock from the HCI Consulting Group stated that "At least 12% of all hospital infections are caused by hard surfaces" (Babcock www.issa.com ).
Both Red Z and Green-Z solidify potentially infectious blood and body fluid spills. They are both fast-acting and easy to use, they both eliminate splashing by solidifying and turning spills into semi-solid (gel) mass, and they both are cost effective cleanup solutions. To use these products wear appropriate protective clothing.
What are the correct steps to take when disinfecting a surface? There are many questions to ask yourself about this process, and Mickey Crowe from CleanLink lists them out when answering a writer when he states, “What surface are you cleaning and disinfecting? Is it a touch point that may not evidence apparent soils, yet need to be cleaned first? Is the disinfectant a "cleaner/disinfectant" that is designed to perform both functions in one application? What is the recommended dwell time for the product to be effective? What does the label direct the worker to do? Does the disinfectant need to be removed after prescribed dwell time (example: toilet seat)? Is there a way of testing for contamination after the area has been cleaned/disinfected to verify efficacy? How was the worker trained and is he/she supervised closely enough to verify they are following prescribed guidance?”(Crowe www.cleanlink.com ).