Dec 10

Ambulance Cleaning

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It is imperative that health authorities and private ambulance companies keep their vehicles clean to avoid the spreading of infection. Recent articles in the press have highlighted a concern with cleaning practices at ambulance trusts in the UK.

With resources stretched and no dedicated cleaning staff it is often down to the ambulance crews to clean their vehicles. National guidance provision exists for ambulance cleaning and it is important for cleanliness standards to be improved and monitored. The problem is that these guidelines are not mandatory.

The North West was criticized for having no dedicated cleaning staff and no allocated time for cleaning. There was also confirmation in a paramedics report that the ambulances are never deep cleaned. Few would argue that this is a recipe for disaster.

Ambulances can spread superbugs if not cleaned effectively and ineffective decontamination brings its own set of issues. Cleaning time needs to be taken into account when managing an ambulance fleet.

In London the ambulance trust are improving their service with dedicated cleaning teams. If a vehicle becomes contaminated it is isolated, returned to the cleaning depot and a clean ambulance is immediately available. This level of cleanliness needs to be the norm in the UK rather than the exception.

A West Midlands based company Chemex provides a specialized range of cleaning products which are ideal for ambulance cleaning. MRSA, E.coli, Listeria sp, Salmonella sp and Staphylococcus aureus including the C-Diff spores can effectively be eradicated with their products.

Further information on these products

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