It is the policy of 1st Call Mobility that all equipment supplied shall be fit for purpose and possess no risk of infection transfer to the user. To ensure adequate sanitization, and to eliminate cross- infection, the following procedures are mandatory for all staff.
All equipment supplied by 1st Call Mobility shall be properly sanitized prior to supply to the customer.
Collection of Used Equipment
The conditions of hire require that all items of equipment are returned in a clean state. Where the equipment has been exposed to hazardous materials, including blood and body fluids, other biohazards or hazardous products, it is the responsibility of the user to decontaminate that equipment, prior to return. Part of the returns documentation includes a declaration that this has been done, detailing the decontamination method and materials used. Where, in exceptional circumstances, it is not possible to decontaminate such equipment prior to return, the equipment will not be accepted by staff until a full risk assessment can be conducted by an authorised senior staff member, and a safe system of work devised for that particular situation. This must be documented for each such situation, and staff fully briefed on procedure, before the equipment is recovered. Even where a declaration is made that the equipment has not been so exposed, it shall, as a precautionary measure, be considered potentially contaminated, until it has passed through our cleaning procedure, and is to be handled, transported and stored in accordance with these instructions.
Transfer of Equipment Between Hospitals/Care Homes
No item of equipment is to be transferred between hospitals/care homes unless it has first been decontaminated in accordance with these procedures. Where the timescale is such that it is not possible to bring the equipment back to base for cleaning, (eg a patient is being moved and requires the item on arrival), a clean item is to be delivered to the receiving location, and the used item subsequently recovered.
It is essential that strict precautions are taken to avoid cross-contamination of clean equipment. When a vehicle is used to transport used equipment, that vehicle may not be used for clean equipment until sanitized.
Infection Control Policy Statement
1st Call Mobility Infection Control Policy and Procedures
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