In a world where germs and contaminants are of utmost concern, medical practices should be keen on all attainable cross-contamination prevention tactics. From standardized sanitation to modern technology, medical professionals and facilities would benefit from implementing a safe and effective cross-contamination prevention strategy. Before diving in, it is important to understand how contaminants spread and who this spread can affect.
Cross-contamination signifies the transfer of one harmful microorganism from one specific host to another unique host. The threat of cross-contamination is legitimate, as it can harm the patients, clinicians, and staff members of a medical facility. Germs and contaminants reach new hosts by physical contact, by airborne spread, by respiratory droplet transmission, or by physical objects. Specifically, women’s health professionals can continue to practice standardized sanitation techniques, maintain personal hygiene, and use single-use devices to help reduce risks of cross-contamination.
The managing staff and medical professionals that work at a medical facility are expected to practice standardized sanitation tactics daily. A sanitized and sterile environment ensures the safety of each clinician, staff member, and patient. Women’s healthcare personnel should enact any possible cleaning, disinfecting, and sterilizing of patient-care devices, supplies, and equipment. These facilities are also expected to promote the same level of sanitation efficiency and safety while managing other areas of the facility, including any operating rooms or waiting rooms. All sanitation practices and systems implemented should be in compliance with recommendations established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Each individual that is physically present at a medical facility is expected to maintain personal sanitation practices and hygiene care. This includes, but is not limited to, washing hands with soap and water after touching a local or foreign surface, avoid touching unnecessary objects or surfaces, drying hands using paper or cloth towels, or applying hand sanitizer when hand soap and water is not available for use. Other personal care methods to avoid cross-contamination include physical distancing and wearing a face mask that completely covers one’s mouth and nose. Also, it is worth noting that sick individuals are expected to stay home.
Last but not least, certain medical devices, like a single-use speculum, have proven to decrease risks of cross-contamination among women’s health clinicians and patients. A single-use speculum is designed to be used once on a single patient and then immediately disposed as medical waste. It will not have come into contact with any potential contaminants before being released from its individual package. A single-use speculum’s design and disposability make for an effective tool that can streamline safe pelvic examinations. Ultimately, it contributes to the decrease of infectious disease outbreaks and lowers risks of cross-contamination.
Have you done everything possible as a women’s health professional to ensure your practice avoids harmful cross-contamination? Do not fret. Medical practitioners can invest in single-use, disposable speculums like Cyalume Medical’s SpecuLume EZ. This innovative medical device is a single-use, chemiluminated vaginal speculum that promotes safety, convenience, and effective examinations. Learn more about cross-contamination tactics or the benefits of the SpecuLume EZ by contacting Cyalume Medical today.