The risk of infection during a face down treatment is real!
We randomly swabbed the internal aspect of the face hole of five therapy beds. The beds were from five different private clinics, and all swabs were sent to an independent lab for analysis.
Here’s what the lab found on the swabs:
Actual image of the antibiotic resistant Staphylococcus Aureus from one of our random swabs. It can cause a range of mild to severe infections, which may cause death in some cases.
What kind of hygiene covers were used on these beds?
Four out of five of these beds were using the current paper based head sheets you’ve probably seen a hundred times. They have an X cut in the middle or simply have a circle cut so your head can go through it. Neither of these fully cover the inner surface of that face hole, where a client may cough, spit or salivate during therapy. And if you’ve had any kind of therapy before – you know they can move and tear during treatment.
When you are lying face down for a massage, and the facehole isn’t 100% covered by a fit for purpose barrier, you are exposed to any bacteria that may be on that surface. Your eyes, nose and mouth are the express lane for all kinds of bacteria, viruses and diseases so any surface contact with your face could lead to you falling ill.
Your therapists’ duty of care to your health & hygiene
There are five essential steps your therapist should be taking to ensure your hygiene during treatment. This is what you should expect:
You think you’re doing everything right for the safety and care of your clients. Day in and day out you take measures to wash your hands, wipe down surfaces and more. However, a couple of the most common hygiene solutions you’re relying on, are letting you down. Find out which ones.
Purifas is excited to have won two gold Stevies in the 2021 Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards for its patent-pending hygiene solution for massage and allied health therapists — the FaceShield. The Stevie Awards are widely considered to be the world's premier business awards.