What are the consequences of traditional excreta management?

Even today, excreta management is still done in the traditional way in most cases.

2 traditional methods are used:

1)Cleaning by hand shower. Because of the high contamination risk for thestaff, the environment and equipment due to the spread of spills,splashes and micro-droplets, this method is now prohibited in many countries and is strongly.

2)Cleaning by bedpan washer. This type of cleaning can present risks of environmental contamination for several reasons, whether it is by the degradation of the material which creates “niches” that are difficult to disinfect or by the transport of full racks in the hospital premises which entails risks of spills and splashes.

Traditional excreta management has a significant impact on the comfort of patients but also on the quality of life of healthcare healthcare professional. The latter are faced not only with a high risk of infection but also with difficult working conditions, including:

  • unpleasant odours
  • less time for patients
  • the possibility of cross-infection, i.e. the transmission of micro-organisms from healthcare professional to patient to the environment

It is estimated that 20% to 40% of HAIs have been attributed to cross- infection by the hands of healthcare workers, who have been contaminated by direct contact with the   patient or indirectly by contaminated surfaces1

In this context, it is essential to apply the rules of hygiene and to choose the right equipment for the management of excreta in order to prevent the risk of infection.

The use of hygienic bags with super absorbent pads is a solution for safe collection, transport and disposal of excreta.

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Sources :

[1] The Role Played by Contaminated Surfaces in the Transmission of Nosocomial Pathogens • Author(s): Jonathan A. Otter, Saber Yezli, Gary L. French Source: Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, Vol. 32, No. 7 (July 2011), pp. 687-699 Published by: The University of Chicago Press on behalf of The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America