Infection control procedures are nothing new for ambulance trusts and their dedicated staff across the UK, just as they’re nothing new in any clinical environment. The people who work in these services have seen it all and are used to operating at the very limits of human endurance in order to deliver life-saving care to their patients.
At least, they had seen it all, until SARS-Cov-2 arrived on our shores and forced a re-think of tried and tested protocols, almost overnight.
This virus is one of the most contagious we’ve seen since the Spanish Flu of 1918. It spreads through even the most casual contact and can live for days on surfaces. To some patients, it’s deadly – yet for others, it causes no symptoms at all, making it impossible to effectively track its spread through our communities. In the absence of mass testing, this leaves us with only two clear lines of defence: social distancing, and hygiene.
Of course, it’s impossible for healthcare workers to socially distance from their patients in any environment, least of all in the back of an ambulance. These small spaces often play host to the very sickest people, requiring intensive care including oxygen therapy and intubation in a bid to save their lives.
In the case of SARS-Cov-2, ambulances become contaminated with potentially lethal doses of the virus every time a Covid patient travels inside. This means every time an ambulance picks up a confirmed or even a suspected case, it must be thoroughly decontaminated before it can be redeployed.
This is causing major headaches for emergency services across the UK, most of whom are using fogging as their decontamination method. Why? Because once fogged, an ambulance is unsafe for occupation for a period of hours due to the amount of disinfectant hanging in suspension. Ambulances and crews must wait for the required time to elapse before they can start taking calls again – which at peak times, can cost lives.
Of course, there’s more than one way to sanitise the inside of an ambulance – but these also have their drawbacks. Most crews are trained in the use of a chlorine-based disinfectant supplied in granulated or tablet form, which must be mixed with water. Aside from the inconvenience and potential for human error in the mixing process, this product creates unpleasant chlorine fumes, and causes bleaching of hard surfaces. It’s unsuitable for soft surfaces, which means an additional product must be used.
It comes as no surprise, therefore, that Ramsol’s credentials have piqued the interest of IPC teams in health and ambulance trusts in various parts of the UK.
We believe Ramsol offers a solution to every challenge posed by the disinfection systems currently available to this sector during this pandemic. It’s been proven effective against SARS-Cov-2, and boasts a unique delivery system for ultimate efficiency and convenience – which allows emergency services to get on with the real work of caring for patients.
Here’s a quick rundown of the benefits:
- Proven bactericidal and virucidal
- Conforms to BS EN 1276, BS EN 14476 and BS EN 1650
- Safe and effective on hard and soft surfaces
- No alcohol
- No bleach
- Dries in 3-8 minutes
- Fine spray mist drops out of suspension quickly
- Vehicles ready for redeployment in 10 minutes
- Fully portable, no power supply needed
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