The hospital and clinical environment are one that has been in the news for many controversial reasons over the past few years. Many people are calling for the return of the Matron on the ward in order to ensure that all areas are disinfected and deep cleaned to the same level which they were years ago. Due to the increase in hospital-acquired infections and illnesses such as MRSA (also known as the flesh-eating bug); there is a need for more sanitary conditions within hospitals and in fact within any place where people are given medical treatment. In the light of this, there are many medical establishments which are being fitted out with hygienic wall cladding which enables quick and relatively easy cleaning of surfaces. In fact, it is possible to purchase and antibacterial form of this wall cladding which has its obvious benefits.
Studies have shown that there is a definite link between unclean surfaces within medical areas and the transmission of germs and airborne bacteria and microorganisms. Each wall covering in every doctor’s surgery, hospital and so on will comply with the very highest standards of hygiene and will also offer welded joints in areas of elevated risk.
Hygienic Wall Cladding & Patients
In addition to fitting hygienic cladding in areas of importance, it is imperative that all visitors and clinicians follow a strict hygiene protocol. Thankfully the practice of swabbing patients on entry or re-entry into a ward is becoming more and more commonplace in the UK. This will enable any carriers of MRSA to be given special treatment in order to stop its spread. Patients who are able to also encouraged to wash their hands with warm water and for at least 30 seconds before and after eating paying close attention to the areas between the fingers. They are also strongly advised to make a habit of washing their hands following the method above after using the toilet.
In order to keep up with infection control, staff must also be educated in the correct way in which to wash their hands before and after touching patients, linen, equipment and so on. They also are schooled in wearing disposable gloves in order to change the dressing and to insert drips and so on.
Visitors can play their part in maintaining a safe and clean environment by using the hand gel provided before entering the ward and also on leaving the area. They also must remember to avoid sitting on the patients beds.
Through following the methods set out above along with the installation of hygienic wall cladding, the clinical environment will be a far safer place in which to work, visit and to be treated. Modern advances in cleaning products and also the practice of deep cleaning wards on a regular basis will help to eradicate the spread of any hospital acquired infections and illnesses. Also, the aesthetic effect which the cladding has on the clinical surroundings enhances patient trust and confidence as this environment is designed to look sleek, modern and highly professional.