"Lack of cleaning"

About: Aberdeen Royal Infirmary / Acute Short Stay Medicine

(as a staff member),

foul smell in ward following the mopping of floor. spoke to domestic staff to find out they are only using cold water to wash floors, they are not allowed to use any cleaning products. Staff are trying their best with what they are given.

Surely with the current situation with Covid 19 we should be using disinfectant and/or other cleaning products ?

Is this what infection control recommend ?

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Response from Kirsten Dickson, Quality Improvement and Assurance Facilitator, Quality Improvement and Assurance Team, NHS Grampian 2 months ago
Kirsten Dickson
Quality Improvement and Assurance Facilitator, Quality Improvement and Assurance Team,
NHS Grampian
Submitted on 20/04/2020 at 10:42
Published on Care Opinion at 10:42

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Dear fittie quine,

I’m sorry for the delay in getting back to you. The teams at ARI have been really busy with the management of the Covid-19 outbreak. I work with the Quality Improvement and Assurance Team and have been communicating directly with the domestic team. They have asked me to share the following information with you:

Firstly, thank you for acknowledging that our staff are trying their best they will appreciate that.

The mops that are being used in the general areas of ward 103 are microfibre flat mops. They don’t require any cleaning solution as the capillary action of the mop traps what has been cleaned from the floor in the microfibers. These mops are recommended for use in hospitals by the Department of Health and have a proven ability to raise levels of both aesthetic and microbiological cleanliness. The mops are cleaned, in-line with current guidance, after each use, by our in-house mop laundry service. We suspect that after being cleaned the mop heads were not fully dried causing a damp/foul smell. Highlighting this has helped has look at our process and see how we can make it better.

In areas where there are suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19, disposable mops are used along with a solution containing a bleach releasing agent – which is effective in killing bacteria, fungi and viruses. However, cleaning solutions aren’t widely used due to the irritants they contain which can cause skin or breathing problems.

I hope this helps explain things and that you’ve recovered following your time in hospital.

Take care,


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