Outpatient Facilities

Outpatient Healthcare

 

A Powerful Technology in Fighting the Spread of Bacteria*

Over the past several decades, we have witnessed a significant shift in healthcare delivery from the acute, inpatient hospital setting to a variety of outpatient and community-based settings. Outpatient care is provided in hospital-based outpatient clinics, non hospital-based clinics and physician offices, ambulatory surgical centers, and many other specialized settings. Americans have frequent encounters with outpatient settings. For example, more than three-quarters of all operations in the United States are performed in settings outside the hospital.

Vulnerable patient populations rely on frequent and intensive use of outpatient care to maintain or improve their health. For example, each year more than one million cancer patients receive outpatient chemotherapy, radiation therapy, it is critical that all of this care be provided under conditions that minimize or eliminate risks of patients from occurring healthcare-associated infections (HAI) from touching contaminated surfaces.

Environmental Cleaning

Outpatient facilities should establish policies and procedures for routine cleaning and disinfection of environmental surfaces as part of their infection prevention plan. Cleaning refers to the removal of visible soil and organic contamination from a device or environmental surface using the manual physical action of scrubbing with a surfactant or detergent and water, or an automated process. SteraMist™ is a two-step patented BIT™ platform technology that uses a base solution of a less than 8% hydrogen peroxide and converts it to a hydroxyl radical applying a patented plasma science technology (BIT™) This process removes large numbers of microorganisms from surfaces and must always precede disinfection.

Emphasis for SteraMist™ cleaning and disinfection should be placed on surfaces that are most likely to become contaminated with pathogens, including those in close proximity to the patient (e.g., bedrails) and frequently-touched surfaces in the patient-care environment (e.g., doorknobs). Facility policies and procedures should also address prompt and appropriate cleaning and decontamination of spills of blood or other potentially infectious materials.

Responsibility for routine cleaning and disinfection of environmental surfaces should be assigned to appropriately trained Health-Care Professionals (HCP). Cleaning procedures should be periodically monitored or assessed to ensure that they are consistently and correctly performed. EPA-registered disinfectants or detergents/disinfectants with label claims for use such as BIT™ solution EPA registered as a healthcare-hospital disinfection with special emphasis on C. diff spore, MRSA and H1N1.

Outpatient clinics usually provide a faster method for care by eliminating the need for inpatient hospital admission. Still, these facilities require the same level of thoroughness in a disinfectant as a fully operational hospital. Great for frequent use, adding SteraMist™ powered by Binary Ionization Technology® (BIT™) to daily cleaning protocols is a proactive action that will reduce exposure to bacteria* on treated surfaces.

Easy & Effective End of the Day Disinfection

When offices close, all clinics have the same need to disinfect before re-opening the next day. Utilizing one SteraMist™ Surface Unit, a night shift nurse or office manager can disinfect hard non-porous high touch surfaces and equipment such as:

door handles | light switches | toilets | bed rails | telephones | wheel chairs | IV poles | Delicate computer equipment and monitors

Mobile for Rapid Deployment Throughout a Facility

To disinfect the entire clinic, it’s recommended to start in the room furthest away from the entrance. Begin disinfecting high touch surfaces and before entering the next area also disinfect the SteraMist™ Surface Unit. Continue to move throughout each area until all patient rooms and common areas have been SteraMisted. A 5-second direct application per square foot with SteraMist™ Surface Unit allows for quick room turnover and surfaces are disinfected with a seven-minute contact time. No wipe, no rinse, leaves no residues.

Receive a custom evaluation and learn more about how to integrate the SteraMist™ Surface Unit or SteraMist™ Environment System into all cleaning protocols. 800-525-1698 or email info@tomimist.com.

 

*SteraMistTM Surface Unit: Staphylococcus aureus (Staphylococcus) (Staph) (ATCC# 6538), Pseudomonas aeruginosa (Pseudomonas) (ATCC# 15442), and Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) (ATCC# 33592)

┼SteraMistTM Environment System: Staphylococcus aureus (Staphylococcus) (Staph) (ATCC# 6538), Pseudomonas aeruginosa (Pseudomonas) (ATCC# 15442), and Clostridium difficile spores (C. diff) (ATCC# 43598).