PDI, leader in providing Infection Prevention solutions, today published a whitepaper to educate infection preventionists, quality directors and other healthcare personnel on the importance of mobile equipment disinfection in healthcare facilities. Mobile equipment such as wheelchairs, IV poles, and workstations on wheels are often overlooked, but represent a large opportunity to improve environmental hygiene and patient safety.
The whitepaper titled, “Microorganism Movers: Mobile Equipment and Implications for Infection Prevention,” provides key information and support regarding the frequent contamination of these types of equipment as well as a lack of standardized procedures. The paper points out one 2009 study of computer stations on wheels that revealed daily cleaning of keyboards was at zero percent over a baseline evaluation period of several weeks. This means that daily cleaning of keyboards in accordance with the established policy was not occurring. Barriers to compliance such as undefined roles and responsibilities, staff education and product availability and placement are also discussed. To download the paper, please visit www.infectioncontroltoday.com.
To provide a convenient and accessible surface disinfection solution for equipment on-the-go, PDI introduced its Sani-Cloth® AF3 Germicidal Disposable Wipe in a new Portable Pack format. The new package design can be affixed to or carried with most mobile equipment, keeping disinfection top-of-mind for healthcare staff. Sani-Cloth® AF3 is part of the complete Sani-Cloth® Environmental Hygiene System, complemented by PDI’s compliance accessories, ongoing clinical support and comprehensive implementation training for staff designed to reinforce proper product utilization.
PDI helps reduce preventable infections, control healthcare costs, and ultimately help save lives by delivering a broad range of evidence-based, market leading environmental hygiene and patient care solutions. PDI’s expertise in making a difference in the community and healthcare environments extends throughout the United States and worldwide. www.pdihc.com
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