Controlling C.diff in open plan spaces

Clostridium Difficile, or C.diff as it’s more commonly referred to, is a major challenge right across the NHS.  Most commonly acquired in hospital following a surgical procedure or a course of antibiotics, C.diff infection causes a range of unpleasant symptoms that can prolong a patient’s stay in hospital and result in major complications in their recovery that can even be fatal.

Hospitals understandably want to eliminate C.diff from their environments as much as possible in order to minimise infections.  Currently, the NHS prescribes hydrogen peroxide vapour as the best way to eliminate C.diff from rooms and wards where a confirmed C.diff infection has occurred.  

Hydrogen peroxide vapour (HPV) is a highly effective disinfectant that is also highly toxic to humans, therefore it is applied using automated technology that can be operated remotely from outside a hermetically-sealed room.  All openings and air vents must be sealed up manually using non-permeable tape, and all fixtures and furnishings, especially textiles, must be removed from the room.  HPV levels are monitored after application until they fall to safe levels, and only then can the space be reopened.

Even though HPV is laborious and potentially risky, hospitals use it because it works – but there’s another drawback.  HPV is only suitable for use in spaces that can be tightly sealed to prevent toxic gas from leaking into other areas where staff and patients are getting on with their day.  

But C.diff doesn’t just reside in these areas that can be easily closed off.  It’s spread via tiny particles of fecal matter on the hands, which means it potentially lives in all communal and open plan spaces within the hospital, including toilets, lobbies, door furniture, handrails, lifts…the list goes on.  You can’t use HPV to kill C.diff in these areas, and as the past 18 months have taught us, it’s simply not practical for cleaners to manually wipe down every square inch of the hospital interior using wipes and chlorine bleach.  So what’s the solution?

Safe & portable

VIRONEX is proven effective against spores, including C.diff, and tested to six BS EN standards, underscoring its effectiveness as a broad spectrum biocidal disinfectant cleaner suitable for use in clinical and medical environments.  

VIRONEX offers a fast, effective and convenient way for NHS facilities to eliminate C.diff from communal and open plan areas.  Its localised spray is simple to apply on any surface using the spray wand, and the canister itself is completely portable – it’s pre-pressurised so doesn’t need a power supply, and comes with a trolley featuring 4-way castors for total manoeuvrability.  

With VIRONEX, there’s no need to wipe down – simply spray and leave to dry to kill 99.999% of pathogens.  The spray is fine enough to deliver excellent surface coverage and dry fast, but heavy enough to fall out of suspension quickly, so there’s no need to exclude people from treated areas for long periods.  It’s also safe on all surfaces, including textiles and upholstery, which makes decontamination much faster and less disruptive than with other methods.

To find out more about using VIRONEX to control C.diff as well as bacteria, viruses and other pathogens in your facility, get in touch.