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When to Deep Clean.

We tend to use the term Deep Clean to describe the process of having a thorough hygiene and fumigation of surgical areas. IT could be argued that the routine practice cleaning protocol should be a deep cleanse at the end of each operating day. Consulting rooms should be thoroughly cleaned after each session. Theatre, preparation room, imaging suites and kennels should have similar treatments at the end of each day.

Should a hospital acquired infection appear, a critical review of the cleaning practices may identify a weakness in the system. If no such problem exists it will do no harm to repeat the process with additional vigour.

The hygiene protocol should document specific cleaning tasks for each area, list the disinfectants and dilutions needed and confirm that the work has been completed.

“With the continuing role of maintaining the highest level of infection control in veterinary practices across the UK, qualified veterinary nurses, and other lay members of the nursing team (animal care assistants, etc) are always relying on the most up to date information on procedures & protocols on how best to reduce the risk of MRSA, and other drug-resistant bacteria. BMF provides an informative website on all such matters, and is equally as helpful to the general public. The BVNA continues to support to the excellent work carried out by the BMF, and ensures that its nursing members continue to have access to a useful source of information whenever it is needed.”

Claire Fraser RVN MBVNA, President of The British Veterinary Nursing Association (BVNA) 2011-2012

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