Crucial: Healthy air in care and healthcare facilities
Nursing homes and health care facilities are very important to society in many countries and are integral parts of care for the elderly, disabled and sick.
Significant care is provided by home-based nursing, geriatric and intensive/respiratory care. Complex medical conditions require increasing long-term care. This is often associated with incontinence problems as well as MRSA infections (mostly after hospitalization). We present the challenges that exist and the solutions that are available.
Hygienic challenges in dealing with incontinence in nursing care
Incontinence: involuntary loss of urine and/or stool
Unpleasant odors occur in conjunction with excretions, moisture accumulation (bed and body linen as well as incontinence material) and ambient heat. In unfavorable conditions, these factors form the ideal breeding ground for decomposing germs, which release ammonia odor. In addition, an altered sense of thirst often results in concentrated urine with a concentrated odor in predominantly elderly and critically ill patients. Furthermore, diarrhea and vomiting are often symptoms of many chronic illnesses in long-term care and also produce unpleasant odors.
- If the above factors of time, excretion and ambient heat are compounded by non-compliance (failure to comply with or refusal of nursing measures) by the client in primary care, odors cannot be controlled in a timely manner.
- Incontinence problems require special nursing and hygienic measures by staff and management.
- A poor alternative for odor elimination are room sprays and surface disinfection sprays. In combination with ammonia and artificial fragrances they do not achieve the desired goal of neutralization . Furthermore, "air fresheners" and other aerosols in continuous use have a detrimental effect on the immune system and respiratory system of employees and clients.
The calling card of your facility is defined, among other things, by odors in residents' rooms, common areas, dining rooms and residential hallways. Visitors, potential applicants with their relatives or potential new employees perceive the living situation of the clients selectively in this way, sometimes do not know the background information and an uneasy feeling arises.
Hygienic challenges with MRSA infections
MRSA: is an infectious disease with bacterial colonization (often staphylococci) on the skin and mucous membranes of affected individuals. These infections are detectable in the nasopharynx, in wounds and on apparently healthy skin by laboratory tests.
- Transmission occurs by droplet and smear infection from person to person and through contaminated objects that have come into contact with the affected person. For example, laundry, doorknobs, care utensils, and waste of all kinds must be cleaned and disposed of separately. Caregivers must wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) when dealing with the affected persons according to the Infection Protection Act.
- Effects of this infection: In people with an immunocompromised general condition, e.g. after serious illnesses or operations, and in chronic diseases, this infection triggers wound healing disorders, sepsis, pneumonia, and others.
- The choice of therapy-relevant antibiotics is smaller than without this germ colonization, because these germs are immune to most antibiotics (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus = MRSA).
AiroDoctor air purifiers fight airborne odors and germs
Professional air sterilizers use UV photocatalysis technology to filter and decompose all airborne contaminant particles. This includes bacilli and viruses, which move in the form of aerosols in the room air and remain active for several hours, as well as gases and odors, which quickly lead to odor pollution, especially in closed rooms. The AiroDoctorⓇ WAD-M20 cleans 99.9 % of the air in closed rooms within a very short time and is suitable for both patient rooms and common areas with a floor area of up to 200 sqm.