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Cleaning Medical Equipment #71940 28/06/17 11:57 AM
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Hello

For cleaning equipment like Infusion pumps and Syringe Drivers we use Clinell Universal Wipes.

What are you using to clean your Medical Equipment?

Lee


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Re: Cleaning Medical Equipment [Re: Lee S] #71941 28/06/17 10:01 PM
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Hi Lee,

Personally, I don't think BME should be cleaning the equipment at all.

Removing the glue from a test sticker that has been taken off, yes but general cleaning, no. I would rather my staff spent their time doing their core functions of calibration, preventative maintenance, performance verification and repairs rather than seeing trained and skilled staff cleaning crap off equipment.

It's not our role to clean that is up to the users or in the worst case, CSSD.

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Re: Cleaning Medical Equipment [Re: Lee S] #71942 29/06/17 8:30 AM
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Same here.
I have a zero tolerance policy (backed up by Trust policy) of collecting or accepting any device that isn't visibly clean, labelled and correctly reported. I think I'm pretty much on my own regarding this approach compared to other Techs but hey guess what? it works. My customers know it will remain uncollected therefore they follow policy and do what is required and we all get on fine with no animosity or confrontation.
Of course there will always be cases where it is necessary to do some cleaning and I use PDI Sani-cloth.
I did report an issue to MHRA ;last year regarding the claimed used of the wipes mentioned in the OP softening the insulation on an ECG trunk cable block, possibly combined with incubator heat. Nothing came of it.

Re: Cleaning Medical Equipment [Re: Topper] #71944 29/06/17 9:23 AM
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Okay; let me rephase the question.

Our Trust uses Clinell Universal Wipes for cleaning equipment like Infusion pumps and Syringe Drivers.

What is being used in your organisation to clean Medical Equipment?

Lee


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Re: Cleaning Medical Equipment [Re: Lee S] #71945 29/06/17 10:24 AM
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Well ... they look OK.

And cheaper by the bucket load! whistle

Re: Cleaning Medical Equipment [Re: Lee S] #71948 29/06/17 2:40 PM
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I agree that the external parts of equipment should be cleaned before being sent to clinical engineering but there are several areas on infusion pumps etc that ward staff cannot clean .When doing a PPM or service I would consider a deep clean of all parts of equipment as part of our job and is easy to do while pumps etc are running flow test etc . I find antistatic foam cleaner ( RS ) is great for this and the equipment goes back into service looking like a proper professional service was done pride in ones work . Also I find if I return equipment looking fresh and new the user respect this and take care to try and keed it that way

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I (for one) agree with all that you're saying there, John.

Perhaps we went to the same school. smile

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Re: Cleaning Medical Equipment [Re: Lee S] #71954 29/06/17 7:25 PM
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Yeah, we use Clinell wipes - not a great fan - they leave the equipment looking like its been cleaned with a dirty rag:

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Have to use antistatic cleaner afterwards to get this off!

They say they are hand safe but I don't like the feel of them, I always glove up or wash my hands immediately after using them.

I agree with John, staff can't get to some of the parts we can get to and to be honest I'll do a lot better job at cleaning than one of the nurses or housekeepers ever will. Even if it comes in with a decontamination form and *looks* clean, I'll give it a once over with a Clinell when doing the visual inspection for my own peace of mind.
A soak in hot soapy water and a scrub with a stiff brush (these are great if you give the bristles a haircut to half size) for gruby plastic bits with intricate mouldings (Asena syringe clamp comes to mind) that need to be removed during repair.



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Re: Cleaning Medical Equipment [Re: Rob1234] #71955 29/06/17 7:47 PM
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Yes; I was wondering if those Clinell wipes might be a bit too "wet" (I have never used - or even seen - them, myself).

I should imagine that they are really intended as a "clinical strength" surface disinfectant, rather than for general purpose cleaning.

TBH I generally prefer the good old-fashioned (and cheaper) alternatives - such as "hot soapy water" (with, if necessary, a few drops of Dettol, or similar). smile

Re: Cleaning Medical Equipment [Re: Geoff Hannis] #71956 29/06/17 8:40 PM
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Think of them as a less pleaseant form of those Dettol multi surface wipes you can buy in any supermarket.

To be honest Geoff because they come in a pack that is about 3" thick, the top ones tend to be a bit too dry and the bottom ones are absolutely swimming. The only way I've found to kinda counteract this is as you use them is to store the pack the other way up every day (works provided you remember to clip the pack firmly closed when you turn them upside down....!)



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