Going into hospital for any reason is always pretty daunting, but over the past year or so it’s become an even bigger concern.
Afraid of catching coronavirus, people who really needed medical help have risked their health and their lives by not seeking help for all kinds of problems, from heart attacks and strokes to potential cancer symptoms.
Hospital hygiene matters to patients at every level – from their perceptions of how clean our hospitals really are, to their experiences as inpatients. The notion persists that hospitals were cleaner 50 years ago ‘when the matrons were in charge’ than they are today. And whether they realise it or not, a patient’s care pathway can be affected by issues around hospital hygiene, particularly related to HAIs.
So what does using VIRONEX mean for the hospital patient?
VIRONEX is effective
Firstly, and most importantly, VIRONEX offers peace of mind on hygiene. As a step up from manual cleaning with wipes and trigger sprays, VIRONEX removes much of the potential for human error.
With manual cleaning, there’s always the risk that tricky areas will be missed or that the required contact times won’t be achieved. VIRONEX eliminates these risks by enabling the operator to apply a fine disinfectant mist onto any surface at any angle, achieving excellent coverage. The formula has been approved to six BS EN standards and is proven effective against bacteria, viruses, fungi, moulds and spores, including C.diff. Once applied, it dries quickly with no need to wipe, eliminating concerns about contact time and killing 99.999% of germs in a single application, even in dirty conditions.
VIRONEX is safe
While the products and processes used for manual disinfection are very safe for patients, pathogens left behind due to human error are not – it’s these that result in hospital-associated infections like MRSA and E.coli.
In the wake of SARS-CoV-2, IPC directors are looking to clamp down further on these infections by switching to high-tech disinfection methods like UV and HPV (hydrogen peroxide vapour). But these carry their own risk. HPV in particular is a highly toxic gas that can be fatal if inhaled, so there are very strict protocols for its use as a disinfectant.
VIRONEX delivers a localised spray mist that is free from alcohol and aldehydes. It falls out of suspension quickly with minimal surface absorption. This eliminates unnecessary risk – there’s no need to seal up spaces before treatment, no need to exclude people from these spaces for long periods, and no risk of toxic chemicals leaching back into the environment from soft surfaces.
VIRONEX supports recovery
Hospital hygiene has ramped up exponentially over the past 12 months due to coronavirus and patients in hospital have undoubtedly noticed the difference. Cleaning regimes are more thorough and frequent, especially terminal cleans. High tech systems may mean that rooms have to be emptied out before disinfection, which can result in a lot of noise and disruption for patients in adjacent spaces – they may even need to be moved to another room while cleaning is carried out. With VIRONEX, there’s no need to evacuate a room before use; the majority of equipment and furnishings can be disinfected in situ with no risk of damage. And VIRONEX is virtually silent in use, which helps to preserve a quiet, supportive environment for hospital patients as they recuperate.
VIRONEX shortens waiting times
Patients may not even realise that delays in terminal disinfection can impact on their waiting times, but they do. These delays can occur for lots of reasons – shortages of equipment, limited availability of staff trained in the use of high-tech cleaning systems, or lengthy exclusion times after a room has been sanitised. These factors are particularly noticeable during times of peak need, such as we’ve seen over the recent winter peak of coronavirus.
To avoid queues of patients waiting at home or in ambulances for admission, busy departments need to ‘turn over’ patient cubicles as fast as possible, and hygiene has an important role to play in this process.
VIRONEX is a low-tech system that is simple to use and doesn’t require any special staff training or room preparation. It’s also cordless and doesn’t need a power supply, so it’s always ready to go. As a result, there’s no need to wait around when a terminal clean is needed – a whole room can be treated in a matter of minutes and once complete, there’s no need to wait for hours before allowing patients back in. VIRONEX dries and falls out of suspension fast, so the cubicle, room or even ambulance is ready to go again in just 10 minutes. It’s a simple addition to any ward that can add up to big savings on waiting times for patients.
To find out more about VIRONEX and how it can benefit all stakeholders in your hospital or health trust, get in touch.