Concern about the increase of Staph infections is growing in the Australian health system, in particularly MRSA. The ABC’s 7.30 Report recently highlighted this during a feature story on January 6th 2009. The report focussed on how new dangerous Staph strains are currently ‘killing more than 2,000 hospital patients a year’.
Typically Staph spreads in healthcare facilities through staff, patients and inanimate contact objects. Although, for staff and patients detailed precautions are always in place to prevent spreading of Staph; current cleaning practices of inanimate objects to prevent the spread of Staph and MRSA are still reactive.
At present only when positive Staph infection are detected does terminal environmental cleaning of all inanimate objects take place. However by this stage the Staph or MRSA would most likely have spread through the facility. Enhancing everyday cleaning on a permanent basis, rather than a reactive basis, needs to be implemented to further prevent the spread of Staph.
For years heat under pressure (steam) has been regarded the world’s most reliable disinfector. Therefore to improve cleaning standards modern cleaning technologies like steam vapour cleaners should be utilised in daily cleaning practices. There is plenty of scientific evidence to support the use of dry steam vapour cleaning, combined with micro-fibre cleaning fabrics, as an effective defence against Staph and MRSA.
Tecnovap Australia has a large range of dry steam vapour cleaning machines that reach boiler temperatures of up to 180º C. These dry steam vapour cleaning machines are available from Duplex Cleaning Machines .
Released under low pressure, the Tecnovap 180ºC dry steam vapour has proven to be able to kill most bacteria in a few seconds; even in crevices and textile fabrics.
Tecnovap dry steam vapour cleaners are also more efficient. Through using Tecnovap Australia steam cleaning machines, cleaners will consume up to 90% less water, almost eliminate the need for chemicals, decrease cleaning time and improve OH&S standards.
The gentle nature of dry steam vapour as cleaning agent also means that it is safe to decontaminating entire wards while they are still populated. Therefore mattresses, bed frames, curtains, blinds, soft chairs, floors, walls and ceilings can be treated without patients even leaving their rooms.
Benefits of dry steam vapour have recently contributed to the NHS in the UK implementing dry steam vapour cleaning machines into all their facilities to assist in reducing Staph and MRSA infections.