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INFECTION PREVENTION


experiments conducted by Contec indicate that the relatively complicated process of us- ing laundered mops and wipes can result in products with unreliable quality. “Some may claim that use of disposable products is only a matter of convenience and a ‘nice-to-have’ thing,” said Schiering. “The performance and ease-of-use of disposable cleaning textiles is convenient. But, conve- nience leads to compliance, and compliance has been shown time and time again to gener- ate improved outcomes.” George Clarke, CEO, talked about UMF Corporation’s PerfectCLEAN line of products, which includes high-performance reusable microfiber wipers, mops, accessories, and hardware, and Brutabs, an EPA-registered disinfectant containing the ac- tive ingredient hypochlorous acid (HOCL). “The PerfectCLEAN– Brutabs combination reduces costs, is sustainable, reduces carbon footprint, and is effective against all ESKAPE pathogens1


[Enterococ-


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PerfectCLEAN microfi ber cleaning mitt with Brutabs tablet and spray bottle


cus faecium, Staphylococcus aureus, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Acinetobacter baumannii, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and Enterobacter species] and the WHO’s list of priority pathogens,”2 Clarke explained.


performance reusable wipers, coupled with Brutabs, are the most ef- fective solution for reduc- ing preventable HAIs in healthcare environments.” He cited an in-house study in support of his claim, “UMF recently supported a study, working with a microbiologist and an ac- credited healthcare laun- dry, doing before-and-after swabbing of sorting tables, soiled-linen conveyor belts that had been spiked with a spore-forming bacteria, and washers and dryers.


after each patient, eliminating most time- consuming manual steps to clean and disinfect the mattress and bed deck. The bed turnover process is fast and simple: 90-second barrier removal, wash the mattress and deck with soap and water, and 90-second application of


Just as TOUGHas ever. Only FASTER. CLEAN AND DISINFECT IN ONE EASY STEP!


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He referred to recent industry advertis- ing suggesting that reusable wipers could re-contaminate patient rooms, resulting in an increase in HAIs; however, he noted, it is important to look at the effi cacy of the disin- fectant used. “The effi cacy of disinfectants has been consistently ignored. UMF selected and offers Brutabs disinfectant tablets to accom- pany its PerfectCLEAN products. The active ingredient in Brutabs, HOCL, is the same as that generated by the human immune system to fi ght infections.”


Clarke added, “PerfectCLEAN high-


The soiled PerfectCLEAN wipers were pro- cessed according to CDC Guidelines and tested for viable organisms when they came out of the dryer. The result? Zero. There were no bacteria or spores on the surfaces cleaned and none in the laundered wipers (results on fi le).”


Patient-bed accoutrement Patient beds shouldn’t be dangerous places for sick people, but they can be. The presence of the previous patient can linger. Who wants to be the next patient in a hospital bed previ- ously occupied by a patient with Clostridium diffi cile (C. diff).


Soteria Bed Barrier helps to address the issue of a bed harboring pathogens. Bruce Rippe, president and Chief Executive Offi cer, Trinity Guardion, described the Soteria Bed Barrier as a launderable, reusable microbarrier that is a cost-effective, practical, and proven method for reducing cross-contamination and HAIs. “The Soteria Bed Barrier is laundered


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ses.


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