Where to use Hydrys
Hydrus can be used on all surfaces within care homes/centres. The use of Hydrus enables swift, effective and thorough disinfection eliminating a number of potentially dangerous pathogens. Practices should include daily disinfection of surfaces that are touched more regularly than normal, including chairs, books, desks, beds, doors, sinks, toilets, light switches, bannisters, etc. Food preparation areas, staff areas and general communal areas can also be sterilised with Hydrus disinfectants. Hydrus is a perfect solution for all. Hydrus can be used in sprayers, fogging machines and wipes to ensure quick and effective disinfection within care home environments.
Correct and thorough hygiene practices are important in all walks of life, buy they become heightened when it comes to managing care homes. Care homes are highly susceptible to infections and illnesses, more so than at home, and the vulnerability of residents means that care homes need to take extra care.
Proper hygiene control affects everyone at a care home, not just residents but staff, visitors and contractors. The staff of course, have a moral duty to maintain proper disinfection practice throughout to protect all residents and team members from infections and illnesses.
Staff who wish the best for the residents and want to stay healthy themselves. Staff have a moral and legal duty to safeguard residents from infections and illnesses.
- Direct contact – Some germs spread through close direct contact with an infected person or animal, or by contact with their blood or other body fluids.
- Vertical transmission – Some germs can spread from an infected mother to her baby during pregnancy, delivery or breastfeeding.
- Self-infection – Germs may spread (through contact) from one part of the body to another, (e.g. bladder infections occur when bacteria that normally live in the gut transfer to the urinary tract).
- Inhalation – Some germs spread by inhaling respiratory droplets that people produce when they talk, cough or sneeze. Germs carried in large droplets fall to the ground within a metre of the infected person (e.g. the chickenpox virus) but other germs can travel further in tiny airborne particles (e.g. flu viruses). Some germs can also spread through the air on skin scales shed from our bodies.
- Consumption – Gastrointestinal infections (tummy upsets) can arise from consuming contaminated food or water, or when germs are carried to the mouth on unwashed hands (the faecal-oral route).
- Indirect contact – Infections can spread by touching a surface contaminated with germs (e.g. from blood, faeces, respiratory secretions, raw food or skin scales) and then touching the eyes, nose, mouth or a wound. The surfaces commonly involved are hand and food-contact surfaces, and cleaning utensils. Although germs will eventually die on a dry surface, many species can survive on surfaces long enough to pose a risk of infection (e.g. flu viruses can survive on hard surfaces for up to 3 days).
- Vehicles and vectors – Some animals act as vehicles of infection (e.g. flies and rodents can deposit germs in our food). Others act as vectors (e.g. ticks or mosquitoes) which spread infections by biting us.
Another purpose of promoting good hygiene is to educate staff on efficient hygiene practices. Whilst this may start in the home, it continues into the care home and beyond.
Here at Hydrus we recommend our ready to use formula for best application methods when disinfecting in care homes. Our ready to use formula requires no dilution creating quick and efficient disinfection application. Our ready to use formula comes in a variety of products; 100ml handy bottles, 750ml multi option spray bottles, 5ltr, 25ltr and handy large sized wipes.
We would also strongly recommend the fogging method of application. Fogging is a quick easy method to ensure all surfaces and areas are quickly disinfected in one motion. An example would be cleaning a resident’s room, the staff member responsible would single add the ready to use liquid to the fogging machine, select spray density and begin applying the Hydrus disinfectant. The fog simply sprays the whole room in one, covering all surfaces, walls, floor with disinfectant. This method is perfect for saving time and ensures a full coverage as opposed to traditional methods of wiping, mopping and spraying each individual surface, wall etc. in residents’ rooms.