March 16, 2021 3 min read

With lockdown coming closer to an end, businesses are ready and raring to re-open! However, COVID remains a serious threat and it's not the only one when it comes to therapy treatments.

Understanding this is critical to creating safe environments for both staff and clients. A random swab test of five different therapy bed face holes from five different clinics, showed the presence of rhinovirus and golden staph — one of the strains resistant to antibiotics. Golden staph is potentially fatal and the risk of contracting an infection such as this is very real — particularly when a client’s mucosal points (eyes, nose, mouth), which are the entry points for pathogens, are in such close contact with a shared surface.

With their unique treatments, tools and environments, therapists require a set of specific guidelines for hygiene best practice in a clinic setting.

Purifas has put together a webinar on hygiene best practice that will not only help to reduce infection risk in clinics but bring clients comfort and peace of mind.

Watch the webinar now and read our frequently asked questions below. 

 

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Is the FaceShield recyclable in everyday recycle bins?

For most people, recycling used FaceShields can be done in the usual local recycling stream for soft plastics. This puts an end to the waste created by paper cradle sheets, which are often not recyclable due to their mixed material composition.

Be sure to double check your local council’s recycling system for soft plastics as some may differ.

How can you recycle a product that could be contaminated?

According to Government guidelines, the FaceShield falls into the same category as protective clothing, like masks, gowns and gloves, that are not contaminated with body fluids. This category is considered non-hazardous. Recycling a FaceShield is no higher a risk than recycling a can of Coke, which we do every day in most parts of the world.

What about recycling during COVID?

As of 3 March 2021, Government advice dictates that PPE materials suspected to have come into contact with COVID should not be recycled. All patients coming into your clinic should, as per our five best practice steps, be triaged before attending. This will allow you to lower the infection risk in your clinic as much as possible and continue to recycle your used FaceShields.

Further, the Government has not issued any guidance to say that other materials shouldn’t be recycled, such as household waste by those who are self-isolating.

Always follow Government advice and stay across guideline updates, as they can change very quickly.

If you use the Purifas FacePad with a cover you must have to change the towelling cover between each client? Or are you saying that if you also use the FaceShield then you are OK?

Swapping from towel to FaceShield will be the best swap you will ever make. No more daily towel washing, which isn’t that effective anyway! The FaceShield is softer, effective in reducing bacterial transmission and will prevent any direct contact with the FacePad. Use a new FaceShield for each new client and change the FacePad cover daily, washing used covers at the end of the week. You should also on a weekly basis, spray the FacePad memory foam with an anti-bacterial spray and leave it out in the sun to dry.

You mention hand washing, do you recommend gloves?

We understand why some therapists prefer not to wear gloves... be it for patient comfort or to ensure the effectiveness of your palpation. However, if you or the patient have any cuts or broken skin, and you are following stringent best practice you do not need to wear gloves. (Please see below for COVID guidance.) Best practice includes washing hands for 20 seconds in warm, soapy running water before and after therapy, and after any environmental contact.

Hand washing and COVID

During the pandemic, it is important to follow PHE guidance when treating patients. As of 19 March 2021, Government advice dictates that you must use PPE during treatment. This requires use of gloves, a mask and an apron. You must always wash your hands before and after seeing a patient, regardless of whether you come into contact with them or not.

Always follow Government advice and stay across guideline updates, as they can change very quickly.



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