Disinfection Touch Points – Where To Focus Cleaning Efforts In The Home

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Is someone sick in your house? Worried about germs and infections? Here is your guide on how to get your household squeaky clean quickly. We have identified the germ hot spots within your home to help you target the most affected areas. Anything touchable is considered a high risk touchpoint. You will find that the majority of the highest risk areas are touched regularly. This makes sense considering our hands are the biggest carriers of germs, which are easily transferred around. Take cleaning the floor for example. Although important, we don’t eat with our feet, so any germs on the feet are less of a threat than germs on the hands.

Kitchen

Sponges are a breeding ground for germs: When left damp bacteria can grow quickly. Whilst using the bacteria infested sponges to clean services or to wash pots and pans, we are effectively spreading germs around the home. Either ensure you wash your sponges weekly in the dishwasher or simply use disposable cleaning cloths.

Sinks, work surfaces and cutting boards. All surfaces that come into regular contact with contaminated bacteria from raw food should be cleaned rigorously.

Fridge, Freezer and cooker handles. As with all handles, they are regularly exposed to the hand which is a major carrier of germs and bacteria.

Rubbish bin. A notably obvious point. Ensure you clean down your bin at least once a week with anti-bacterial spray and wipes.

Misc

Dirty doorknobs and handles are some of the germiest places in the house. Our hands transfer the most germs. We can pick these germs up from the dog, your neighbour’s new born child or from the train home from work.

Light switches are similar to doorknobs. Constant contact with hands and fingers from everyone in the home makes it a germ hotspot.

Your hands! As discussed your hands are the biggest offenders in the transferring of germs. Keep them clean and regularly use anti-bacterial gel.

Bathrooms

Toilet Handles again are a massive hotspot and a direct cause of bacterial transfers to the hand.

Dispensers regularly come into contact with our hands, directly after using the toilet and the toilet handle making it a bacterial hotspot.

Toilet seats are crawling with bacteria. Clean once a week with anti-bacterial wipes to keep your toilet germ free.

Hand drying towels are crawling with moist bacteria. Ensure that you wash them at least once a week. Keep a rotation of towels for a fresh cycle.

So there you have it. The most bacteria ridden areas of your house. Now that you know the hotspots check out our range of antibacterial products to keep your house sparkling clean and germ free.

The Perfect Bed Bath Technique – A Guide

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If you need to help someone who is unable to get out of bed, a bed bath can be a really useful way to help them feel, clean and comfortable.
Being clean is essential for personal happiness and well-being and is even more important if this is something that someone cannot do for themselves. This may include an entire bath or just assistance washing select areas.

A good bed bath requires lots of movement, lifting, holding and tilting. It requires quite a lot of strength, patience and discretion.

Usually, a bed bath should be given around twice a week, however the genital area and face should be paid attention to on a daily basis. In order to make this easier a pack of bed bath care wipes could be kept nearby.

 

Preparing the Bed Bath

It is important when preparing a bed bath to ensure all windows are closed to allow for privacy. Being washed is a personal action which should be handled with care, discretion and consideration.

Allow the room to heat to a suitable room temperature. A cold or overly hot room will cause discomfort.

If you’re using water:
If you’re using water for the bed bath, prepare two bowls of warm water. One for washing and one for rinsing. Not too hot, nor too cold. You can test the water by dipping your hand into it to check to see if it is bearable.

If you’re using moist bed bath wipes:
Open the packet of wipes and pull out a wipe ready to use as soon as you are ready.

Lay thick bath towels under the person from head to toe. These help to absorb the water and will protect the bed and mattress from spillages. It’s also worth using a waterproof sheet under the cloth sheet.

Cover the person with a blanket or towel to keep them warm as you help them to undress.

 

During The Bed Bath

Always ensure whoever you are bathing is safe and secure in the bed should you need to step out of the room for any reason.

Initially focus on washing the eyes and face with either your wipe or your wet flannel. Then move onto the neck and ears.

Remember: Always wash from face to toes. It allows you to remember what you have covered and stops any infections or bacteria spreading from one area to another.

Remove a fresh wipe from the bed bath or change the bath water before getting to the genital area and always make them the last place to wash.

For women, wash the genital area from front to back.
For men, ensure you wash around the testicles as well as between the buttocks, rolling the person onto their side if necessary.

 

After The Bed Bath

Once dried, a nice touch is to add a soothing lotion or moisturiser onto the skin.
Remove all towels and set aside for washing. Drain the dirty water and throw away soiled wipes.

 

Additional Tips and Suggestions

As a nice surprise or an additional treat, why not occasionally add a sense of pampering into the wash. Lighting candles or incense whilst playing relaxing music can really change the atmosphere of the bed bath.

Allow the person you are washing to lie under a towel whilst you give the bed bath. This preserves both privacy and warmth.

If the person you are washing has some ability to move, then allowing them to wash easily accessible areas such as the face can provide dignity and a sense of independence

Hiring a carer for a few times could be a great way to learn how to properly give a bed bath as they can take you through the techniques if you are unsure.

The Hygiene Guide To Visiting Hospitals Or Care Homes

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Many hospital based viruses can be dangerous to visitors and patients alike. The best way to prevent the transferring of viruses and diseases is to responsibly follow hygiene rules. Hospital bugs can cause nasty effects such as diarrhoea and vomiting.

Infections on top of another medical condition can be fatal so it is always best to take a duty of care when visiting a hospital or a care home. Spreading infections whilst in hospital can also mean a longer stay for patients, which in turn blocks the bed that another patient may need.

Hand Hygiene

Good hand hygiene is essential when entering a hospital or a care home. Our hands, typically, are the biggest transferrers of germs and nasty bugs so ensuring they are properly cleaned will help to limit the spread of viruses.

Most hospitals have dry soap dispensers or alcohol hand rubs in multiple locations. Hands are the biggest transferrers of germs,so keeping them clean is essential to keeping hospitals and care homes safe from infections and germs. It is good practice to apply soap or alcohol hand gel once you are entering or leaving a patient’s’ room. Use this hand hygiene routine especially after using the toilet and before handling food. It recommended you use a quick hand wash before and after every visit.

Avoid using bars of soap as these encourage the transferring of germs.

You may ask the staff to wash their hands although as trained professionals – hand washing is a regular occurrence for hospital/care home staff.

General Visiting Advice

It is advised not to sit on the patient’s bed as this can spread germs directly to the patient. It is also advised not to put your feet on the bed of the patient. Use the chairs provided around the bed. It is vital not to touch the patient’s wounds or any other medical equipment such as drips or catheters. You must not use the patient’s toilet – ask the ward staff where the nearest toilets for visitors are.

You may bring your own toiletries with you for yourself or your loved one. Do not allow others to use these toiletries.

You can expect the room and hard surfaces of your loved one to be cleaned everyday with

Norovirus

In winter months the norovirus and the flu are commonly found on hospital wards or care homes. The norovirus can cause diarrhoea and vomiting and is highly infectious. Both viruses can be passed on easily and can be dangerous if a vulnerable person is infected. It is vital that anyone with any gastrointestinal symptoms, diarrhoea or vomiting should not visit the hospital to prevent the spread of potential viruses and to ensure the safety of patients.

Remember, when visiting a hospital or care home your first thought should be with the patients and what is going to be good for them. You can do this by ensuring that you follow the guidelines.

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