Practical exercises and activities included within each chapter.
Downloadable tools and resources you can use to implement the five step sequence in your own facility today, including maps, checklists, auditing tools and more.
An accompanying e-learning training program on chemical free cleaning touch point cleaning.
Real life facility examples you can adapt and apply in our own healthcare chemical free cleaning process.
As Director of Duplex, Murray McDonald has over 25 years experience in chemical free cleaning solutions for the healthcare industry. Duplex is an exclusive distributor of Duplex steam technology equipment in the Asia-Pacific Region.
Murray has worked closely with thousands of hospitals and aged care facilities in solving healthcare cleaning issues, including running various workshops Australia wide on sustainable infection control cleaning.
With over 30 articles published in various industry publications, he is a regular "go to" expert for the media on healthcare cleaning topics.
Murray is passionate about healthcare cleaning education, and developed an Australian first e-learning program for customers to take a self paced, online course in sustainable infection control.
For more information on Duplex chemical free cleaning products in healthcare, visit www.duplexcleaning.com.au/infectioncontrol.
Murray conducts practical, hands on "healthcare touchpoint cleaning" workshops at hospitals and aged care facilities across Australia. Register your interest today to enroll you and your staff when Murray is next in your state.
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The 3000 year old mop, chemicals, and bucket method is fast becoming a process of the past for the healthcare system. Over the last 15 years, the push for chemical free cleaning has increased dramatically, both domestically and commercially. The term "green cleaning" has become more widespread, with industries such as the accommodation sector leading the way.
From an outsider's perspective, it can be seen that this shift stems from being mindful of the environment and doing our part tp perserve the planet. It is a common belief that the push for green cleaning is largely due to chemicals ending up in our oceans and destroying eco systems.
With businesses and households around the world cutting back on their chemical use, or at least, have become more mindful of it, the healthcare sector is fast becoming chemical free, but for a very distinct reason. The reason for the healthcare industry's shift to a chemical free cleaning process is not just for environmental reasons. Among reasons such as cost effectiveness, water savings and OH&S, the main reason for this shift is due to a particular sustainable cleaning technology demonstrating superiority and efficiency in the elimination of microbes than what has been traditionally used. This sustainable technology is known as steam technology.
The healthcare industry is well aware of the importance of cleaning processes and the expectation that they are to be performed at the highest standard. The National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards (2012) now have a whole chapter deciated to "Preventing and Controlling Healthcare Associated Infections (HAI)". This document suggests that half of all hospital infections are preventable with section 3.1.1 stating that healthcare facilities "adopt a risk management approach for environmental cleaning and disinfection".
Sadly, the costs of not adopting a risk management approach such as this, leads to more than just infections, but reputation damage, monetary costs and death.
Steam technology has been tried and tested as far back as the 1980's, particularly in Europe. However, up until the last 10 years, there have been few studies that have looked into detergent based models and their use against infection risk. Infection control cleaning experts saw that there were a gap in the validity of healthcare cleaning, and further investigation was required.
In the healthcare environment, microbes that cause hospital acquired infections (HAI) have two distinct features. Firstly, they cause serious disease such as MRSA, Clostridium difficile and VRE. Secondly, these microbes can survive in hospital environments for weeks and can only be removed through a sufficient cleaning process.
The shift to chemical free cleaning
The costs of a poor cleaning process
The war against microbes: chemicals vs steam technology
New sustainable players: A full infection control cleaning approach
All it takes is a 5-step plan
Step 1: Identification
Pre-planning, products and gaps
Step 2: Assessment
Auditing and current processes
Step 3: Planning
Develop goals, manage objections and formulate a plan
Step 4: Implementation
Practical use, training and consistent workflow
Step 5: Evaluation
Auditing against benchmarks
"When we started with one steam cleaner, we estimated that in chemicals alone we saved $800 in a quarter, and that’s not including water on top of that."
"The best thing about following this chemical free cleaning process is that the use of steam, and the logical steps that go with it are not only easier to use but I have no doubt it is giving the highest standard of hygiene to our patients."
"From an infection perspective, a key benefit that steam vapour brings to a healthcare cleaning process is certainly the bugs that it actually kills."