Why it’s better to use a purpose-built Podiatry Instrument Washer/Disinfector for safety and efficiency
The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted to people around the globe the importance of infection control, especially when it comes to healthcare procedures. Every patient and staff member of a podiatry clinic has the right to be kept safe from infection, and cleaning reusable instruments has a large role to play in that safety.
By using a podiatry instrument thermal washer disinfector you will be conforming to workplace health and safety standards as well as achieving medical-grade standards from a safety perspective.
As an employer you will also see improvements in efficiency and free up staff from boring repetitive work, making their job more interesting.
A thermal podiatry washer disinfector like those manufactured by Sanitech, cleans and disinfects re-usable medical instruments and podiatry implements.
Workplace Health and Safety benefits
Reducing the transmission of microorganisms like bacteria, viruses and fungal infections is paramount for the safe treatment of podiatry patients.
Every podiatry practice should have stringent procedures in place to wash and sterilise reusable equipment, and it should comply with the Standard AS/NZS4187. The aim of cleaning is to remove microbial, organic and inorganic soil.
All re-usable medical and podiatry instruments should be decontaminated every time they are used on a new patient. Decontamination refers to the combination of cleaning, disinfection, and sterilisation to make a re-usable item safe.
Medical grade standards
The Australian Guidelines for the Prevention and Control of Infection in Healthcare 2019 published by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) state that “Effective infection prevention and control is central to providing high-quality health care for patients and a safe working environment for those that work in healthcare settings”. The Podiatry Board of Australia which governs podiatry practices in this country has adopted these guidelines to keep patients and workers safe.
The Australian Standard (AS/NZS 4187-2014) for the washing and disinfection of your surgical instruments and utensils is in place to ensure that health care services correctly clean and disinfect their reusable medical devices (RMD) before and between patient uses to produce RMDs that can be used safely without the risk of transmission of infectious agents.
It is recommended that all reusable surgical instruments be washed in an automated washer/disinfector like the Sanitech Bench Top Washer Disinfector.
Improved efficiency and making jobs more interesting
The role of podiatry assistant can involve a large range of tasks depending on the size of the practice and the skill level of the person. Administrative duties can include ordering, organising and storing supplies, restocking exam rooms, setting up instruments and sterilising equipment. An assistant can also be responsible for greeting patients, scheduling appointments, updating patient files and more.
Many podiatry assistants also have clinical duties and can be called up to take a patient’s vital signs, obtain the patient’s medical history, perform physical exams, and discuss treatment procedures with the patient. Some may also need to take X-rays of patients’ legs, ankles and/or feet, prepare patients for procedures, cast for orthotics, assist with foot exams and perform other tasks as needed.
Therefore, anything that can make their job more efficient and less tedious is going to be welcome. But it’s not just about happy staff, greater levels of efficiency will also lead to higher profits, and lower staff turnover.
By cutting down on manual cleaning work and using professional equipment like the Sanitech Bench Top Washer Disinfector, everyone will benefit, including the patients.
Sanitech Australia has been at the forefront of infection control for over 35 years. We understand practical infection control and as a result, that knowledge has progressively refined every Sanitech product.
In addition, our machines comply with all relevant Australian standards and are manufactured in Australia.
Sanitech works closely with podiatrists all around Australia and introduced the popular Clipper Rack as a result of identifying a need in the market.
As an Australian manufacturer with over 35-years of experience in the design and fabrication of cleaning and maintenance of surgical instruments, medical instruments, medical equipment, surgical tools, surgical instrument racks, podiatry instruments and podiatry surgical instruments, Sanitech is leading the market.
Learn more about Sanitech’s range of cleaning equipment for Podiatrists here or call us on (03) 9809 2701.