Managing hygiene in healthcare centres

Managing hygiene in healthcare centres
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With the National Audit Office discovering that “the best estimate of treating healthcare infections remains at least £1 billion”, increasing hygiene precautions in hospitals and care homes is essential in reducing the catastrophic effects of healthcare infections. In addition to costing the NHS an estimated average of £4,300 for each avoidable healthcare infection, these outbreaks can endanger the lives of those in hospitals with weakened immune systems. Read on to discover the changes you can make to your healthcare centre facilties to increase hygiene.

Building handwashing facilities

Whilst healthcare professionals often have good hand hygiene practice in place, hand hygiene in patients is less strictly enforced. Studies show that the transfer of micro-organisms between hands within hospitals is a huge contributor to the spread of disease. Installing wash basins and hand sanitisers in hospitals, and encouraging people to use them, can help reduce the transfer of bacteria from hand-to-hand-contact. These facilities should be placed strategically, in entrances and in waiting rooms, to ensure they get the most traffic possible. Putting up posters and videos on waiting room TVs about the importance of using these facilities is also important in order to educate people on the importance of using these facilities. Make sure these messages can be understood quickly and convey the vital information about why these facilities are important and where they are located; people moving through the hospital will not have time to read lengthy messages.

Protecting your building from damage

Regular cleaning can cause damage to a building over time, and so specialist coatings have been developed for walls to ensure they can withstand everyday scrubbing for years on end. A representative of Bagnalls, a painting and decorating contractor for the NHS, commented that these products must “withstand daily cleaning for many years without staining or discolouration”, a difficult task given the strain they are placed under. If you choose these hygienic coatings for your hospital, care home or other healthcare facility, ensure they are manufactured to high specifications by a reputable manufacturer and are installed by a company familiar with both the process of installing these products and the needs of working in a hospital environment.

Creating anti-bacterial interior design

There are currently two main anti-bacterial options available to boost the hygiene of your interior design. The specialist coatings designed for everyday cleaning in these environments often come with antibacterial properties, containing ingredients such as silver ions to prohibit the growth of bacteria and E-Coli. There are also protection panelling options available for walls and doors in hospitals, which often are made from materials such as PVCu which can help keep hygiene in check. A representative of Yeoman Shield Wall and Door Protection described PVCu as a “rigid” material which therefore “does not support the growth of bacteria or mould.” Either of these options provides additional protection to healthcare centres from healthcare infections and can be installed throughout a building.

Making these changes to your healthcare facilities can go a long way towards reducing the impact of healthcare infections. Whilst the above steps can help create a more hygienic environment in hospitals and other healthcare centres, they do not replace the need for thorough cleaning and following normal hygiene regulations.

Bagnalls provide expert installation of hygiene coatings to the NHS and other hospitals. We specialise in providing our services with minimal disruption to healthcare environments, completing our work within the time specified. Visit our website or call 01274 714 800 for more information.

 

Managing hygiene in healthcare centres

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