The Floor Could Be the Weakest Link in Fighting HAIs
Pathogens are consistently introduced to the floor throughout the day by shoes, transport equipment such as wheelchairs and beds, treatment devices or computer carts, and non-slip patient socks that traverse the floors and frequently, directly into a bed. More importantly, there is a consistent potential for cross-contamination on and across the floor by an item expected to be clean and often handled without gloves, a freshly laundered mop.
Moving to Single-use Mops
As seen in a recent study published in ISSA Today, an evaluation of laundered microfiber mops from eleven hospitals found that 27.3% of the newly laundered mop contained microbial contamination, including hospital-acquired infections (HAI) pathogens.
Converting to single-use microfiber mops can significantly reduce the HAI risk for hospitals, eliminating the potential for inadequately launder mops to be reintroduced with remnant HAI pathogens. The case study evaluated our Advantex® (Brand A) along with several other brands of single-use microfiber mops and determined that differences clearly exist on several critical criteria such as disinfectant neutralization, absorbency and dispersion/release efficacy, floor coverage, and wasted chemical solution.