How Clean is your Ambulance?
Think about the number of people that go in and out of your ambulance during a shift. The EMT’s, patients, family members, hospital staff, that number is pretty high isn’t it? It really gets you thinking about how clean your ambulance is. You are caring for patients in emergency situations in this mobile hospital, so shouldn’t it be just as sanitary as a hospital is.
There are many potential areas for exposure to happen within an ambulance, so it is up to you to have the right products on hand to make sure that this area is disinfected. What should you ensure is up to par?
- Be sure your equipment is maintained and disinfected
- Make an effort to minimize contamination while caring for patients
- Discuss with personnel their hygiene habits
Establish a Cleaning Regiment
If you do not have any set ways of sanitizing and disinfecting set up right now, it is the perfect time to start. Putting a cleaning regiment in place for everyone to follow is the first step in infection control. There are many products on the market such as Safetec’s Sanizide Pro Disinfectant that will sanitize a surface in 10 seconds and disinfect in 2 minutes. This solution is effective against H1N1, MRSA, HIV-1, TB, E. coli, VRE, Norovirus, HEP B & C.
Minimizing Infection Opportunities
When you are caring for a patient, this is a time when infections and bloodborne pathogens can spread in the ambulance. There are many opportunities for infection to happen, having a kit on hand for protection and cleanup is vital. We recommend Safetec’s Universal Precautions Compliance Kit. This kit combines personal protection and cleanup items mandated by OSHA, CDC, and State Health Departments to aid in the cleanup, transportation and disposal of infectious blood or body fluid spills.
Talk about Hygiene Practices
Personal hygiene is one of the easiest ways to help the spread of viruses like E. coli and norovirus. Employees should practice personal hygiene by washing their hands with soap and water between patient care as well as after using the restroom. Employees should also use hand sanitizer which can kill 99.9% of germs within 15 seconds with no washing and rinsing.
It is so critical that patients and EMS employees are protected from infectious disease while in an ambulance. It is so easy for a highly infectious disease to be spread in an ambulance due to improper sanitation and disinfection practices.
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