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Saturday, September 21, 2019

Are you seeing blue?

Painting ceilings have to be one of the worst jobs there is when it comes to painting.  I would much rather scooch around on my bum painting baseboard then craning my neck staring at a ceiling and hope I do not miss a spot.  There’s nothing worse than ending up with a sore neck, finding the spot you missed and having to go back to fix it.   In my opinion, one of the best inventions was the tinted ceiling paint that went on with a purplish or pinkish tint and dried white.  You could see where you applied and didn’t end up with irritating unpainted areas.

When it comes to cleaning and disinfection two key points of success include ensuring that the product is actually applied to the surface and achieving the contact time.  In recent years a number of studies have looked at ways to improve cleaning and disinfection as there is a direct correlation between the transmission of pathogens and the cleanliness of the environment.  Implementation of training programs that include validation or verification processes using ATP or UV reflective gel to ensure surfaces are being cleaned and disinfected have successfully shown an improvement in cleaning and disinfection.  Additional visual cues to help the environmental services team or nursing staff see where a disinfectant has or has not been applied could further improve outcomes and be a handy training tool for new staff.

In the June ICHE, a study was published looking at the effectiveness of a novel colorant additive to bleach wipes.  Similar to the concept of tinted ceiling plant, the blue dye is applied to the disinfectant wipe via a battery-driven device attached to the top of the wipes canister.  While the concept seems sound and would intuitively be thought to improve outcomes the findings of this study proved differently.  The addition of the dye did improve the cleaning of inner bathroom door knobs, however overall the non-dye impregnated wipes provided better overall results.  The researchers verified that the application of the dye was not impacting or neutralizing the efficacy of the disinfectant and looked to obtain feedback from the environmental services staff.  While they liked how the dye reduced the odor of the bleach product making it easier to work with and the fact that they liked being able to see what areas had been cleaned or not, there was a concern over the fact that residual dye was left on the surface after drying which made for additional work and effort in wiping to remove it.  The researchers then wondered if the discrepancy in the results was due to the fact that larger surfaces were not being wiped down due to concerns with staining.

While it could be easy to assume that the study was not a success, however, we need to remember that innovation takes time and needs tweaks and refinements along the way.  The overall feedback and ability to have a visual cue was positive.  Being able to see what has or has not been cleaned without a doubt can have a very real and direct impact on patient outcomes.  The best part is as this was a prototype, following the study, the company did make modifications to improve the precision in the addition of the dye.  It will be interesting to follow this innovation along and see if it can be improved to remove any concerns regarding staining with its use!

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