Moments That Matter: Celebrating The Fundamentals Of Infection Prevention

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Moments That Matter: Celebrating The Fundamentals Of Infection Prevention
Moments that Matter: celebrating the fundamentals of infection prevention

Moments That Matter: Celebrating The Fundamentals Of Infection Prevention

In healthcare, every action holds significance, and every moment has the potential to drive positive change. Through their ‘Moments that Matter’ Clinell aim to highlight IPC’s critical role in creating safe healthcare environments.

Every time you… you help save lives

Around the world, infection prevention and control (IPC) workers tirelessly craft practices and nurture behaviours in the hope of reducing the risk of patients contracting infections during their stay. The ultimate goal of any IPC practice is to help save lives, usually through a holistic set of behaviours spanning:

  • Environmental decontamination
  • Hand hygiene
  • Air quality improvement
  • Patient isolation

Decontaminate in the 5 moments that matter

Environmental decontamination, the removal of dirt and microorganisms from surfaces and equipment, is a cornerstone of infection prevention.

Shared equipment and surfaces act as reservoirs for pathogens, and risk enabling infection transmission unless dealt with correctly. A good decontamination protocol should factor in 2 steps: cleaning and disinfection. To simplify this, many organisations opt for the convenience of 2-in-1 wipes like Clinell Universal Wipes.

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But when should environmental decontamination take place?

  • Decontaminate before procedures
  • Decontaminate shared equipment between patients
  • Decontaminate visibly dirty surfaces 
  • Decontaminate high touch points
  • Decontaminate chair between patients 

Remind patients to clean their hands

To wipe out the risk of contaminated hands for good, hand hygiene practices need to factor in healthcare workers and patients. As part of a patient’s care journey, healthcare facilities are responsible for ensuring patients, residents and visitors have access and opportunity to clean their hands when appropriate.  

Every time you take a moment to remind a patient to cleanse their hands, you’re helping wipe out a source of transmission. If you’re not sure when, here are some moments to remember:

  1. Before and after eating or drinking
  2. After using a toilet or commode
  3. After coughing, sneezing, or touching the face 
  4. Before and after touching invasive devices
  5. When hands are visibly dirty or before and after entering a room/ward

Check your air purifier is switched on

Air quality is a critical component of IPC and can influence overall quality of care, as well as patient, resident, staff and visitor health and comfort.

Pathogens, particulates and odours linger in poorly ventilated spaces, and breathing, talking and coughing can spread pathogens (such as influenza and COVID-19) via the generation of aerosols or droplets[1]. Poor ventilation has also been shown to lead to the settling of potentially harmful microorganisms on surfaces which may lead to transmission of HCAI-causing pathogens via direct and indirect contact. 

Continuous use of an air purifier will help eliminate lingering pathogens, helping to break the chain of transmission.