Medical facilities are well aware of the importance of keeping clean environments. Surfaces are regularly disinfected. Employees follow stringent cleaning, masking, and hand-washing protocols. Yet many hospitals and other medical facilities are missing an essential surface in their cleaning: the drains.
It’s easy to assume that sinks and drains are the cleanest places in any facility. After all, they are frequently flushed with hot, soapy water. Unfortunately, the contaminants washed from hands, along with the common use of medical drains for dumping patient samples, means that the pipes aren’t quite as clean you might hope. Without regular cleaning and disinfecting, the drains can become a liability for any medical facility.
Medical professionals work hard to ensure the health and safety of their patients. They sterilize instruments, scrub hands, change gowns, and much more to keep infection at bay. Without a clean facility, all the way down to the pipes, these efforts are in vain. The biofilm formed by the bacteria clings to the pipe walls and continues to grow. What begins as a biofilm far from the sink can quickly grow up the pipe, reaching the drain surface.
At first glance, this may seem harmless, since no one is touching the inside of the drain pipes or even the sink itself. However, bacteria and other pathogens in drains have been linked to patient infections. The infections likely resulted from splash-back, which occurs when water from the faucet hits the sink drain directly during hand-washing. The water droplets splashed from the sink drain can contaminate employee hands with biofilm or other pathogens, creating an unexpected opening for infection. Regular cleaning of the drains can prevent this liability risk and keep patients and staff healthy.
Even if infections don’t stem from the biofilm present in medical drains, you may experience unpleasant odors. These are thanks to build-up of bacteria, grime, and biological debris in your drains. No amount of scrubbing can remove these odors, and commercially available liquid treatments are only temporary fixes. The longest lasting solution is a thorough, professional cleaning. This will eliminate the source of nasty odors, leaving you with a clean, pleasant facility for staff and patients alike.
In some cases, facilities may opt to remove and replace drain pipes that show signs of contamination. Although initially effective, the same problem will continue to recur in those pipes. The result is repeated costs for materials and labor in order to keep the facility safe and clean. Regular cleaning can significantly reduce costs and prevent the disruption pipe replacement causes.
Biofilm and pathogens may seem impossible to remove from pipes, given the difficulty of accessing the space and reaching every part of the drain pipe surface. Specialized cleaning using a disinfecting foam that reaches into every nook and cranny of the drain pipes will eliminate biofilm and other pathogens. If you’re ready to improve the health and safety of your medical facility, contact Fresh Foam to get your quote today.
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