What steps have been taken to minimize the spread of blood-borne pathogens?
What sterilization program has been implemented for dialysis equipment?
An aggressive equipment sterilization program can reduce the risk of greater infection, while at the same time allowing your trained staff to focus on the needs of your patients. The CDC’s recommended 12-step program to minimize and prevent infection is just a starting point.
You need technicians who are familiar with the machinery’s inner workings to eliminate all sources of contamination.
Blood-borne pathogens (BBP) are microorganisms in the blood or other body fluids that can cause illness and disease in people. These microorganisms can be transmitted through contact with contaminated blood and body fluids, such as the ones which can drip into hidden areas of a dialysis chair and associated equipment.
Dialysis patients are already very sick, and it’s critical to prevent them from becoming sicker during treatment. It’s not unusual for fluids to become lodged in hard-to-reach places in a dialysis station, such as under the wings or in the backs of chairs. Medical personnel usually don’t have the mechanical and sanitation training necessary to eliminate all contaminants from the equipment. In short, maintaining best practices for disposing of medical waste isn’t always enough.
12 Steps to Prevent Resistance
The CDC recommends the following 12 steps to prevent the resistance to antimicrobials among dialysis patients.
- Vaccinate staff and patients
- Get the catheters out
- Optimize access care
- Target the pathogen
- Access the experts
- Use local data
- Know when to say "no" to vanco
- Treat infection, not contamination or colonization
- Stop antimicrobial treatment
- Follow infection control precautions
- Practice hand hygiene
- Partner with your patients
Equipment Sterilization Process
FMC's cleaning and sterilization process ensures that dialysis equipment is completely purged of potential pathogens on a regular basis.
- Equipment is inspected, tape and hair are removed, and visibly damaged stock is marked for repair.
- Wing is opened.
- Back is removed.
- Manual deep cleansing and maintenance is performed.
- Hospital-grade disinfectant is used to saturate the equipment.
- FMC staff sterilizes equipment using 380° steam at 1300 psi.
- Sterilized equipment is reassembled and tagged for use.
Our process allows for the tracking and tagging of all equipment in your dialysis center. A full report is issued after each sterilization cycle to ensure that nothing was missed.