Scary studies have come out about Cdiff in hospitals. A most recent study boasts Cdiff can live for up to 5 months if it survives a disinfection cleaning. Nurse call buttons, floor corners, and vents were identified in this study as most common areas where Cdiff is still present after a terminal and disinfecting cleaning of a room. Click here for more information on the full study.
So how do we deal with these stubborn viruses and hard to reach areas?
Below are some tips to follow.
Dwell Time, Dilution and Saturation
Make sure your disinfectant dwell time is being adhered to. Read your product carefully! Ensure your dilution rates are proper, the amount of product being sprayed or wiped onto a surface is enough to stay wet during the required dwell time.
Use the Right Product
The study shows peroxide cleaners are most effective leaving only 4.4% of Cdiff behind. But really any amount is enough to allow it to spread. The study did not include Brulin’s Brutabs. Brutabs is a chlorine based product with simple dilution by dropping tablets into your spray bottles/mop buckets, etc. and safe for surfaces and staff. Brutabs have new kill claims explaining reduced dwell times to 4 minutes on Cdiff. Click here for more information.
Equip Yourself with Current Technology
If coverage is the issue, try using the NEW Victory Battery Powered Electrostatic Sprayer. Using Electrostatic Sprayers allows product to get more coverage, getting to those hard to reach areas. Coupling Brutabs with an Electrostatic Sprayer is your best option. Positively charged Brutabs particles will defy gravity and attach to negatively charged bacteria and viruses. So you can spray floor corners and vents to get the coverage you need. The Victory Sprayer boasts a double positive charge system, lithium ion battery powered, and a 3 particle selection at 40/80/110 microns. Click here for more information.
Microfiber, Microfiber, Microfiber
Don’t forget, microfiber all the way. Make sure your facility is using microfiber pocket looped mops, charging buckets, microfiber cloths, dusters, dust mops, hand mitts, etc. It might be best practice when dealing with Cdiff alone to dispose of the microfiber used to clean those areas. The other option would be to soak the used items in the proper Brutab dilution for killing Cdiff prior to putting them in the washing machine. This will ensure the Cdiff has been eradicated prior to washing.
As we gather more and more information on these difficult germs and how they survive our current cleaning practices, it is best to modify our cleaning strategies to make our environments safer for everyone. Thanks to the continued research and development of companies like Brulin and Victory and many others, more products are being made available on the market today with technological advances. Make sure your staff is equipped with the proper tools and training they need to clean efficiently and effectively.
If you need help in developing or analyzing your cleaning strategies, we are always available. Simply click here to contact us.