Cleaning and Disinfection of Equipment

Cleaning and disinfection is known as  decontamination. Safe decontamination of equipment after its use on each service user is an essential part of routine infection control to prevent the transmission of infection.

Since April 2010 (and in order to maintain registration with the Care Quality Commission) regulated providers of health and social care have had to comply with the requirement to ‘Provide and maintain a clean and appropriate environment in managed premises that facilitates the prevention and control of infections’

Pages 49-57 of Prevention and control of infection in care homes – an information resource
provides guidance on effective cleaning for infection prevention and control.
https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/214929/Care-home-resource-18-February-2013.pdf
and Section 3 ( p3) of http://staff.devon.gov.uk/hs0026infectioncontrolguidancenote.pdf

For Care Home Managers wishing to write a cleaning plan, the national Patient Safety Agency has produce guidance and a sample audit tool ( 2010)
http://www.nrls.npsa.nhs.uk/resources/?EntryId45=75240