Aged Care Disposable Wipes & Reusable Cloths
Because residents in hospitals, clinics and aged care facilities are more susceptible to infections, cleaning needs to be at the highest standards of hygiene, to ensure the health and safety of the residents. This duty also needs to be carried out within the economic constraints of the aged care home’s budget. TIDDOX manufactures and supplies a wide range of cost effective wipes designed and costed to meet these challenges. The purpose of the wiper is to effectively clean and disinfect surface bacteria to prevent the spread of healthcare infections.
Most residential care homes experience lots of spills and mess, including exposure to urine, blood and other bodily fluids on a daily basis. As such, proper cleaning practices need to be established to ensure that such instances are immediately wiped up to prevent the spread of germs, bacteria or viruses that may result in a disease outbreak or ailment amongst residents. A daily cleaning routine regime will prevent the build up of bacteria in kitchens, washrooms, toilets, lounges, residents’ rooms and communal areas.
Disposable and reusable wipes and cloths used to clean surfaces should be used with powerful cleaning agents to disinfect and sanitise. Neutral detergents are preferred over those that may trigger harmful or allergenic reactions from the residents, such as dermatitis or asthma.
After use wipes, cloths and sponges must be thoroughly disinfected or disposed of to rid them of any soils and pathogens so that they do not cross contaminate subsequent surfaces or areas cleaned. Reusable cloths should be washed, laundered and dried, rather than kept moist or in a wet state as bacteria and germs thrive in such environments. Dirty or unclean cloths may play host to infectious agents and microorganisms that could affect the health of residents. To avoid spreading diseases, reusable cloths need to be laundered and disinfected regularly and stored in a dry place.
Germs, fungi, parasites, bacteria and viruses can be transferred from a surface to a reusable cloth to the hands of the staff member and on to the residents. To reduce this risk of cross contamination, disposable wipes are preferred over reusable cloths. By disposing of the wiper after use there is no chance of spreading germs, bacteria or viruses. Whilst often a mixture of reusable and disposable wipers are used, it is better to use disposable wipers in higher risk areas, for example cleaning contaminated surface spills, after which the disposable wiper should be thrown away immediately together with any infectious agents it might have picked up.
In lower risk areas, such as cleaning furniture, computers and equipment in the facility, a reusable cloth can be used, but Also, it is important to regularly disinfect these cloths to eliminate any infectious agents present which can be passed on to other residents.
Staff need to be trained in the proper cleaning practices to help stop the spread of diseases in aged care facilities. Through educating them on the proper use of reusable cloths and disposable wipes they can prevent and reduce infections to the health and safety of the people living in the aged care facility. Training staff on how often to use a new cloth and the correct amount of solution to use will ensure that a cloth is not used so many times so that it is no longer effective, or too little sanitizer is applied. Also staff should be trained on the colour coded system of red, green, blue and yellow cloths, with each colour designated to a certain location or task. To help avoid cross-contamination, a staff member should not use the same cloth to clean multiple areas, for example, a red cloth can be used to cleaning washrooms, but then green cloths designated to kitchen areas so the same cloth is not used in both areas. Colour-coded cloths help manage the risk of cross-contamination by identifying which cloths are used to clean different locations.
Red – Washrooms, Toilets & Bathrooms
Green – Kitchen & Food Areas
Blue – General Low Risk Areas
Yellow – Clinical