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Cleaning of fixed equipment #72280 13/09/17 10:08 PM
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Hi all, anyone have access to a policy document they would be able to share around the cleaning of fixed medical equipment. What do I mean? Think bedside monitoring or pendant mounted equipment in an ICU or theatre, that kind of thing.

Thanks in advance, Dave

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Re: Cleaning of fixed equipment [Re: DaveC in Oz] #72281 14/09/17 10:15 AM
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Isn't cleaning of (all) equipment simply part of PM? think

Although I have to admit that I have come across many grotty examples of the types of equipment you mention in my time; in supposedly "clean" areas such as ICU, etc. - which just goes to support my view that properly conducted PM is, in actual fact, rarely carried out.

In one place (in the UK, NHS) that I did some work the cleaner in the CCU complained to the Ward Sister that I had made a mess on her (not so clean; more like wiped over with a dirty mop) floor - "all that fluff", wah, wah, wah. frown

Naturally, I suggested to the Sister (once she had finished playing with her 'phone) that she arranged to have the kit "serviced" a bit more often! whistle

TBH, access (by the biomed) if often the "problem" (or should that be "excuse"?); although there are usually ways around this if:-

1) You maintain good relations with user staff
2) You (and [or] your biomeds) are prepared to be flexible

What about x-ray systems and the like? I once came across a dead rat inside an x-ray control console. And spiders? Pah! I must have encountered a thousand or more in my time!


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Re: Cleaning of fixed equipment [Re: Geoff Hannis] #72282 14/09/17 9:55 PM
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I'm not talking about cleaning by BME but rather cleaning by nursing/domestic staff at the ward level. You know, dusting and stuff...........


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Re: Cleaning of fixed equipment [Re: DaveC in Oz] #72283 15/09/17 12:10 PM
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In short ... I think we should assume that it doesn't happen - and "move forward" from there. frown

In the UK most of the "cleaning services" are carried out by contractors; and regardless of what the Contract may or may not say, I suspect that most "cleaning operatives" prefer to avoid touching (anything they regard as) medical* equipment. In fact, I also suspect that medical staff advise them not to "touch anything", either.

Meanwhile, the nursing staff will always be too busy ... (too much kit; too little time) whistle

On the other hand, departments such as Operating Theatres often have regular "maintenance mornings" where they give their domain a good old digging out (that usually offers a "window of opportunity" for the biomeds to get in there, too) - and ICU's and similar occasionally get a Deep Clean if (and when) a particularly nasty bug has raised its ugly head.

I have sometimes thought that there could be niche opportunity for contractors to offer "special cleaning services" for equipment of all types; although, as I say, myself I would prefer that it was simply done as a matter of course during PM - at least that way the BME Manager could rest assured that it actually gets done (or at least that's what we hope).

No doubt there are various "policy documents" scattered around; but unless policies are enforced then they are simply exercises in Wishful Thinking. The approach these days (in the UK at least) seems to be:- mustn't upset "the workers" (we have a "no blame culture", don't forget); and then when things turn out to be "less favourable than expected", we have another round of "lessons shall be learned", etc., etc. (plus a few more policy documents, no doubt). Anything, that is, rather than having Managers grip the situation - and actually manage (also known as being a Leader).

* Especially anything that may mean using a step-ladder (wall-mounted monitors, services pendants, etc.)


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