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coronavirus cleaning hospital surfaces

New research from Singapore shows that patients with the novel coronavirus extensively contaminate their bedrooms and bathrooms, underscoring the need to routinely clean high-touch surfaces, basins and toilet bowls. Kill coronavirus cleaning hospital surfaces twice a day.

The virus was, however, killed by twice-a-day cleaning of surfaces and daily cleaning of floors with a commonly used disinfectant — suggesting that current decontamination measures are sufficient as long as people adhere to them.

The research was conducted following cases in China where the pathogen spread extensively through hospitals, infecting dozens of health care workers and other patients.

This led scientists to believe that, beyond catching the infection through coughing, environmental contamination was an important factor in the disease’s transmission, but its extent was unclear.

Three Patient Case Study

The cases of three patients who were held in isolation rooms between late January and early February were studied

They collected samples from their rooms on five days over a two-week period.

The room of one patient was sampled before routine cleaning, while the rooms of the other two patients were sampled after disinfection measures.

The patient whose room was sampled before cleaning had the mildest symptoms of the three, only experiencing a cough. The other two had moderate symptoms: both had coughing and fever, one experienced shortness of breath and the other was coughing up mucus.

Room Sampled Before Cleaning – coronavirus cleaning hospital surfaces

Despite this disparity, the patient whose room was sampled before cleaning contaminated 13 of 15 room sites tested, including a chair, the bed rail, a glass window, the floor, and light switches.

Three of the five toilet sites were also contaminated, including the sink, door handle and toilet bowl — more evidence that stool can be a route of transmission.

Air samples tested negative, but swabs taken from air exhaust outlets were positive — which suggests that virus-laden droplets may be carried by air flows and deposited on vents.

The two rooms that were tested after cleaning had no positive results. Kill coronavirus cleaning hospital surfaces twice a day.

Secure Sanitaryware – Doc-M packs

Wills Systems offer a range of secure sanitaryware, made from highly robust solid surface material, that is suitable for healthcare environments where anti-ligature properties are necessary.

One of the key characteristics of a modern washroom is that it is suitable for all intended users and that it is completely fit for purpose, with easy-to-use sanitary items, tailored to a specific requirement and correctly positioned.

We can provide a range of Doc-M packs that have been designed to bring you the ultimate in hygiene control whilst providing users with a safe, practical but modern environment.

Our Doc-M packs comprise of WCs and seats, cisterns, hand-rinse basins, basin mixers and appropriate grab rails

Tips for keeping hospital washrooms clean during the Coronavirus outbreak

Toilets

  • Keep the U-bend and toilet bowl clean by flushing after each use
  • Use a toilet cleaner and brush every day
  • Limescale should be regularly removed using a descaling product
  • Keep the toilet seat, handle and rim clean by using a disinfectant

Baths and sinks

  • Clean baths and sinks frequently, if they’re used regularly
  • Use disinfectant if they’ve been used by someone who’s ill

Showers

  • Clean shower trays frequently, if used regularly
  • If a shower hasn’t been used for a while, let it run with hot water before using it
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