By Clare Long, Business Account Manager at the Professional division of Miele
Choosing the right washing machine for your care home plays a key role in ensuring infection control guidelines are successfully met. But it’s difficult to know where to start when it comes to choosing the right make and model.
Washing bed linen, towels and residents’ clothing is a daily chore for care home staff. As care and nursing environments have a particularly high risk of disease spreading, such as urinary tract infections and influenza, it’s vital that managers choose a washing machine equipped to handle heavily soiled items. For example, models which offer sluice washes carry out a pre-wash cycle that removes solid particles from heavily soiled items and allows the contaminated water to pass through, before adding detergent and carrying out the main wash.
Medical refrigeration is a topic that any hospital, pharmacy or medical facility must take seriously. The same applies to care homes, which handle and manage medication on a daily basis for their residents. The correct storage of medicines and vaccines is essential to ensure drugs maintain their effectiveness, and failure to store them properly can lead to serious problems.
Care homes must follow the same rules and procedures as hospitals and other medical facilities to ensure they are storing medicines safely. According to The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), all care homes should adhere to a written policy, which gives staff information on how to.