Cleaning Contamination And Waste Management

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CU255 Cleaning Decontamination and Waste Management 1.1 The general principles for environmental cleaning are to ensure that High standards of cleanliness are important in providing a safe, healthy environment for care to be delivered within. It is recognised that a good clean working environment also promotes patient and staff wellbeing, and can play a significant part in infection control. Nottingham Healthcare NHS Trust must follow the key principles set out in the following legislation:- The national specifications for cleanliness in the NHS 2007. The Health & Social Care Act 2010 Outcome 1: Respecting & Involving people who use services Outcome 8: Cleanliness & Infection Control Outcome 10: Safety & Suitability of Premises…show more content…
Also that all the necessary things that need to be done to keep a particular area clean are in place, and that healthcare workers know exactly what to do, and also anyone can look at the cleaning record and see that it has been done. If an infectious outbreak should occur then anyone investigating this then has a clear picture of what has been done and can amend accordingly if changes need to be implemented to prevent further outbreaks. 1.3 The correct management of an area can minimise the spread of infection by ensuring that controls are in place and it is less likely that infection will spread if the environment is kept clean and tidy and all cleaning schedules are adhered to. 1.4 The national policy for colour coding is in place to ensure that the correct equipment is used in the appropriate area, all cleaning materials and equipment, for example, cloths (re-usable and disposable), mops, buckets, aprons and gloves, should be colour coded. The method used to colour code items should be clear, permanent and in accordance with existing local practice. Colour coding of hospital cleaning materials and equipment ensures that these items are not used in multiple areas, therefore reducing the risk of…show more content…
Sterilisation this process renders an object free from viable micro-organisms including bacteria and viruses. 2.2 Cleaning agents are used to remove any contamination such as body fluids from equipment; this is the most important part of the decontamination process and must be carried out to a high standard before any further stages of decontamination can be carried out. The use of detergent is essential to ensure that an item is clean and the manufacturer’s instructions and any COSHH regulations must be adhered to. The correct use of PPE is also essential part of the cleaning process. Once an item has been cleaned it must be dried thoroughly with a disposable cloth to prevent any organisms multiplying. 2.3 Disinfecting agents are used to reduce the number of microorganisms. Disinfectants are governed by COSHH regulations 1999. Storage and usage instructions should be adhered to. The correct PPE should also be used when disinfecting items ensure that the solution reaches all surfaces of the item to ensure thorough disinfection before the sterilisation process can

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