Monash Health optimises infection prevention with cleaning system
Optimal cleaning practices are vital to preventing hospital-acquired infections that threaten patient and staff safety and hospital profitability. Hospitals need to be able to rely on products that do more than just clean, but also help improve infection prevention by providing superior performance and improved productivity.
Monash Health, the leading and largest integrated health service facility in Victoria, Australia, was searching for an optimal infection prevention solution that would streamline the steps involved in the cleaning process, decrease health and safety risks, and reduce environmental impact. After reviewing third-party lab testing and technical specifications, Monash Health chose Rubbermaid Commercial Products’ (RCP) HYGEN Disposable Microfibre System to test within the Monash Children’s Hospital Clayton.
Designed for use with or without chemicals, the disposable microfibre cloths (D-MFCs) is the only line in the healthcare industry proven to remove 99.9 percent of microbes, including C. diff, to help stop the chain of infection – a claim developed through third-party testing using water only. Innovative microbe removing technology is complemented with built-in zigzag scrubbers to effectively remove dirt without streaking or smearing, eliminating food sources for live pathogens and preventing future growth.
To verify the microbial removal and efficacy claims, Monash Health conducted internal testing to confirm that the product solutions, cleaning process and testing results could be used in a real world environment. During the trial, Monash Health used the HYGEN Disposable Microfibre cloths with only water, no chemicals.
In January 2014, the D-MFCs were introduced at Monash Health, a large metropolitan health service with 2150 beds and 14,000 staff. The D-MFCs are used by dampening with water and provided a system for cleaning sensitive equipment that could not be disinfected with hypochlorite solution. The D-MFCs consist of two blended materials (nylon and polyester) that are mechanically split to provide ultrafine three- to five-micron filaments. Prior to using the product, healthcare workers were trained and educated with presentations and flyers by infection control staff. Over the following nine months, the D-MFCs were implemented across all clinical areas of the health service.
Prior to the introduction of this new product, cleaning of clinical equipment in Monash Health’s neonatal unit was undertaken using paper towel and detergent. When VRE (Vancomycin Resistant Enterococcus) was detected in November 2013, some neonates were unable to undergo routine developmental testing and assessment because the sensitive equipment could not be disinfected with hypochlorite solution. The D-MFCs were shown to remove VRE, eliminating the need to disinfect with hypochlorite solution. Advantages of this chemical-free system include time efficiency, occupational health and safety benefits, reduced water use, cost opportunities and the capacity to provide superior cleaning, regardless of the patient’s perceived risk.
In summary, the D-MFCs enabled Monash Health to complete the transition to a superior cleaning system. Capacity is now available for the cleaning of instrumentation or sensitive equipment that could not be used if patients were infected or colonised with multidrug-resistant organisms.
As a result, Monash Health found that the HYGEN Disposable Microfibre System removed all microbes where heavy growth was still present when compared to using detergent wipes. The facility concluded that the HYGEN system provided superior cleaning performance and all product claims were proven accurate. The feedback from users was also considered overwhelmingly positive with staff noting that their equipment looked visibly cleaner.
Due to the success of the trial, Monash Health implemented the HYGEN Disposable Microfibre System in more than 50 facilities. The product is more effective than the facilities’ previous solutions, providing optimal infection prevention, superior cleaning performance and improved productivity by reducing the need for two-step chemical cleaning.