The transfer of infection between residents in group living such as a care home is a natural hazard, and guidelines and monitoring procedures are being progressively imposed to develop quality care awareness.
Maintaining infection control compliance and controlling infection covers a wide range of procedures in adult care, both domestic and nursing. Human waste is a significant source of infection risk, and all establishments concerned with care, regardless of size, must provide facilities to ensure its hygienic disposal. The addition of managed routines, particularly in the sluice room or dirty utility room, also helps to reduce cross contamination risks.
Planning and designing your sluice room
Ideally, a sluice room should be planned at the outset, just like the kitchen and laundry. The number of sluice rooms required will depend on the number of floors and the layout of the care home or hospital. The functions and the services required will have to be taken into consideration, such as:
- Hot and cold water inlets
- Power supplies and voltages
- Soil outlets and vents
- Floor and wall finishes
- Adequate ventilation
Remember that a sluice room may be used 24/7, so a site should be chosen where noise from water or clattering hardware will not be a nuisance.
Wherever possible, the room should be divided into ‘clean’ and ‘dirty’ areas. Each room needs a sink, preferably with a drainer. Taps are a source of contact by hands and automatic taps or those with elbow levers are preferred. Push or foot-operated soap dispensers are recommended. Dedicated hand-washing facilities are needed.
This illustration shows an example of a practical sluice room layout:
What Stanbridge equipment is needed in a sluice room?
The term ‘Sluice Room’ is used loosely to define a utensil washer/disinfector with a back-up of a WC and a designated sink for washing.
The new generation of machines can carry out the functions of both slop hopper and washer/disinfector.The automatic washer/disinfector for commode bucket, bedpan and urinals is, however, a far more sophisticated piece of hardware than has long been the norm in NHS hospitals.
The term ‘disinfection’ is used to describe the ‘bug kill’ cycle. Moist heat is used from an incorporated steam generator to heat each utensil. It is NOT liquid from a bottle.
The minimum requirement is 80 deg C +for 60 seconds. Stanbridge machines usually attain 80 deg C+ for 70 seconds, followed by a cold rinse to cool the receptacle. Interlocks prevent opening during the cycle.
Our machines have been engineered over years of testing, establishing effective cleaning and the disinfecting of the specific utensils used in human waste disposal.
Designed for a function, normally they will accommodate bedpans, commode buckets, urine bottles or various bowls and utensils.
The machines open with a pneumatic foot pedal to give the operator full hand control of the receptacle. They have cold and hot washes. The cold wash removes the soil, the hot wash removes extra stubborn waste; then the items are disinfected.
Utensils removed from the machine should be placed on racks adjacent to the machine; this is the clean area. If used soiled items have to be left prior to washing they should have a separate ‘dwelling place’ not in the clean area. A trolley or stainless steel worktop should be provided.
Our expert team can provide CAD Drawings and advice on compliant layouts of your Sluice Room.
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