Leading commercial appliance provider, Miele, offers its Top 10 Tips for care home infection control.
The Professional Division of Miele has produced a full hygiene guide to help businesses navigate the increasingly challenging landscape around infection prevention and control.
The guide is aimed at any business that needs to put new measures in place such as care homes to ensure hygiene best practice and to help in the fight against transmittable infections. But for those that don’t have time to read the full guide here are the Top Ten Tips to keep your business, your customers/residents and your staff protected.
Top Ten Tips
- Effective handwashing is still the most important part of personal hygiene. All parts of the hands and wrists should be washed, rinsed and dried on a disposable paper towel.
- The use of single use Personal Protective Equipment helps to keep uniforms or your own clothes clean and free from infection. It should be disposed of after each use.
- Tying back or covering long hair so that it does not interfere with your job is crucial.
- If you get a cut or graze anywhere on your body that could be exposed to bacteria (hands, arms, face etc) it should be covered with a suitable dressing.
- If you have any symptoms of a transmittable disease you should not be at work and should not return until you are 48 hours symptom free.
- To avoid recontamination of clean products, make sure that you observe good hygiene practices when emptying a washing machine, tumble dryer or dishwasher.
- In a laundry area, ensure that soiled linen is stored separately from clean linen. Clean linen should be stored away from the floor area.
- Only use programmes with elevated temperatures (>60°C) to ensure good hygiene and disinfection.
- Do not wear your workwear to work – change when at work and leave dirty/soiled workwear at work to be hygienically laundered. This helps to prevent the spread of infection outside of the work environment.
- To ensure that your equipment functions properly, ensure that it is regularly serviced by a Miele engineer who can identify any problems early and ensure that you are not left without your machine.
Following these basic tips on a daily basis will help to ensure that any infections are tackled by best practice from a hygiene perspective and that the likelihood of any spread of that infection is greatly reduced. If you require any specific guidance on how your laundry facility can maintain the very highest standards of hygiene please contact Miele direct or visit the website for more downloadable resources.
To read or download the full hygiene guide, click here.