Anyone can be a likely source of infectious agents in aged care facilities, from residents and staff members, to care workers and cleaners. However, care workers and cleaners are the most common susceptible hosts of infectious agents since they work closely with the patients; they are also the ones who clean the contaminated facilities in case of an outbreak.
In keeping with our goal to provide you with top level commercial cleaning services in Sydney, here are some important information (and tips) in cleaning and maintaining aged care facilities to prevent the onset of diseases.
Essential Cleaning Practices for Aged Care Facilities
In our previous article, we provided you with some rules in cleaning aged care facilities. This time, we will be providing you with tips on cleaning and handling contaminated objects or areas to minimise the risk of spreading disease-causing germs, fungi, parasites, bacteria and viruses.
• Ways to Effectively Manage Spills
Bodily fluids and blood may bring about infectious agents that trigger diseases to residents, care workers and cleaners. To stop bacteria, viruses or germs from spreading, make sure to manage spills immediately. Also wear disposable gloves when cleaning the contaminated surfaces. Wipe up spills and spots that are 10cm in diameter or less, and cover larger spills with rugs or absorbent materials. After cleaning up the spills, dispose of the contaminated materials properly. After removing your gloves, perform hand hygiene.
• Rules in Cleaning and Using Furniture & Equipment
Infectious agents present in contaminated furniture and equipment may affect the immune system and cause the onset of diseases. To stop this from happening, make sure to clean equipment, devices and furniture in the facility regularly. As an important rule, ensure that items such as commode chairs, blood pressure cuffs, wound dressing cart, blood glucose monitoring device, wheelchairs and transfer benches are clean before using them with the next patient.
• Tips on Proper Care and Disposal of Linens
Dirty or unclean linens may play host to infectious agents and microorganisms that affect health. To avoid spreading diseases, always clean the linens regularly and carefully. Ensure that you are wearing gloves and disposable plastic aprons when cleaning or washing linens of patients or residents who have an infection. Also, when disposing linen soiled with urine, blood and other bodily fluids, place them in leak-proof laundry bags. Most importantly, after cleaning and disinfecting the linens, store them in a clean, dry place.
Proper cleaning practices will help stop the spread of diseases in aged care facilities. By following these, you can prevent infectious agents from jeopardising the health and safety of the people living and working in the establishment.
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