How to Clean and Disinfect Your Medical Office

How to Clean and Disinfect Your Medical Office

Keeping your medical office clean and disinfected keeps you and your patients safe. This is true any time of the year, but especially so now. With the coronavirus still spreading across the country and flu season upon us, eradicating germs is more important now than ever before.

Here’s how you can get started with cleaning and disinfecting your medical office:

Cleaning vs. Disinfecting vs. Sanitizing

In the age of COVID-19, you’ve likely heard a lot of different terms thrown around. Cleaning, disinfecting, and sanitizing have all become commonplace in our vocabulary. But what exactly is the difference between these three?

  • Cleaning removes all dust, dirt, and debris
  • Sanitizing removes some of the bacteria on an item’s surface
  • Disinfecting removes or inactivates almost all of the bacteria and viruses on an item’s surface

As such, while many of us use the term “sanitizing,” it is better to disinfect rather than sanitize. Disinfecting removes more bacteria and viruses than sanitizing. However, you must first clean the surface before disinfecting, as a disinfectant is more effective once all of the dirt and debris has been removed (learn more below).

Wear the appropriate gear

Cleaning potentially contaminated areas can put your employees at risk. Make sure that they’re wearing the proper personal protective equipment (PPE) to keep them safe from germs. Additionally, employees should be wearing disposable cleaning gloves while they’re cleaning and disinfecting services.

Clean and then disinfect

As we said before, you need to clean a surface before you can disinfect it. This is because disinfectant cannot work to its full potential if the surface is still covered in dirt, dust, or debris. To get started, then, clean your surface with soap and warm water. Dry it off, and then spray it with the appropriate disinfectant (finding the right disinfectant is crucial, as not all disinfectants work on the same bacteria).

It is vital that you let the disinfectant sit on the surface for at least 10 minutes. Many people spray a surface with disinfectant and then immediately wipe it. However, this doesn’t give the disinfectant enough time to kill all of the bacteria and germs that may exist. Only after ten minutes have passed should you wipe down your surface.

Clean and disinfect immediately after a patient has been in the room

Bacteria can linger on surfaces for hours, even days. To reduce the risk of infection, clean a room immediately after a patient has left. Here is a step-by-step of what you should do:

  • Put on all appropriate PPE and cleaning gear (see above)
  • Replace all linens, towels, and gowns, even if a patient didn’t use them
  • Throw out the trash
  • Gather and sterilize any used instruments or equipment, replacing them with a new set
  • Clean all surfaces with soap and warm water
  • Disinfect all surfaces with an appropriate disinfectant

Don’t forget soft surfaces

While high-touch surfaces such as doorknobs, electronic devices, pens, and tables need to be frequently cleaned, don’t forget about soft surfaces. These include chairs, couches, beds, carpet, and other furniture in a waiting room or patient room. Since many of these surfaces are made of fabric, microfiber, or leather, you’ll want to read their labels carefully to learn the proper cleaning methods. You can also read over our guides on cleaning mattresses and iSeries Recliners.

To learn more about cleaning and disinfecting your medical office, read through our blog or contact Novum Medical Products today at 1-800-274-2742.

Preparing Your Practice for Flu Season During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Flu season is always a challenging time for medical practitioners, but it is even more so this year. The COVID-19 Pandemic is still raging across the country. As such, we will be dealing with the spread of both the coronavirus and the flu. Since individuals can contract these illnesses at the same time, it is imperative to protect your patients and staff. Here are a few ways to get you started:

Limit how many people are in your clinic at the same time

Preparing Your Practice for Flu Season During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The best way to limit the spread of the coronavirus and the flu is to limit public gatherings. This is especially important for medical practices. Individuals suffering from either illness may come in for treatment, exposing vulnerable patients. While in-person visits are still necessary, you can limit how many patients arrive at one time.

Telehealth

Virtual care can treat healthy patients or patients with easily diagnosable issues. It can also help your staff determine if a patient needs an in-person visit or not. Nevertheless, it is not without drawbacks. Be open to constant feedback from patients and staff to ensure a seamless experience.

Scale by specialty

During the spring, many medical practices scaled back their elective procedures. Now that cases of COVID-19 and the flu are rising, medical practitioners should scale back these procedures once more. This will reduce the number of patients and ensure everyone receives the care they need.

Provide clear guidance to patients

By instituting the above changes, some confusion may arise. Thankfully, you have many ways to keep your patients informed. Your website, social media, and emails should be up-to-date with the latest information. You can also post signs throughout your practice reminding visitors to wear a mask and stay 6 feet apart.

Prepare your waiting rooms

There will be instances where patients will have to come into the office. As such, limit the potential spread with a clean, socially distanced waiting room. While not easy, you can make it work by following these steps:

  • Keep chairs 6 feet apart
  • Provide the option for patients to wait in their cars until their allotted time
  • Schedule sick patients during one block of time and healthy patients during another
  • Clean and sanitize the waiting room multiple times throughout the day
  • Get rid of high-touch items such as magazines or pens

Encourage patients to get their flu shot

While there is currently no vaccine for the coronavirus, there is one for the flu. As a medical practitioner, you know the importance of getting a flu shot, but your patients may not. Lecturing them will only do so much. Instead, remind them how easy it is to get a flu shot this year. Provide a list of flu shot locations and remind them that flu shots are almost always free.

Protect your staff

From nurses to receptionists, your staff is at a high risk of contracting the coronavirus or the flu. Plus, if they catch one of these illnesses, they could spread it to your patients. Protect your staff by using PPE, sanitizing surfaces frequently, and enforcing social distancing. They should also check themselves for symptoms frequently, getting tested if they portray any signs of COVID-19.

The coronavirus isn’t going away, and neither is the flu. Contact Novum Medical Products to see how our medical products and equipment can help your practice during the 2020 flu season.

NOVUM MEDICAL PRODUCTS CELEBRATES ISO 9001:2015 QUALITY CERTIFICATION

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Contact: Brennan Carey, Marketing Coordinator

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Phone: (800)274-2742

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NOVUM MEDICAL PRODUCTS CELEBRATES ISO 9001:2015 QUALITY CERTIFICATION

Novum Medical Products, a manufacturer and provider of medical equipment and furnishings, is proud to announce that this past September, the company was certified by the NSF accreditation body with ISO 9001:2015 Certification – showing once again that quality is the foundation of our corporate structure.

ISO 9001 provides a set of uniform requirements for a quality management system. The standard is based on several quality management principles, including a strong customer focus, support of top management, the process approach, and continual improvement.

Our core values, values Novum’s management and its employees adhere to each day, are to Commit to and Own the daily and individual responsibilities required to operate a business where quality is at its foundation.

“This is just one more step in the evolution for our company whose sole purpose is to provide quality healthcare solutions to the marketplace.” – Joe Manzella, President & Managing Partner. “Novum Medical Products is proud of this achievement and this certification and fully appreciates the long-term commitment to our continuous improvement.”

Novum Medical’s products are used in hospitals, long-term care facilities, and Surgical Centers throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and the Middle East. 

Novum’s all-encompassing product line provides facilities with all the necessary equipment and furniture to properly take care of their patients and maximize the staff’s ability to do their jobs. Our product line includes Pediatric Products, Complete Room Furnishing Solutions, and Steel Based Medical Equipment including IV Poles and Instrument Tables. Novum is also known for its custom fabricating capabilities and its partnerships with other medical equipment manufacturers for OEM and fulfillment services.   

Novum will continue to provide its customers and partners with quality products and services that they can count on. To learn more about our ISO 9001:2015 Certification, click here and view our official certificate.

If you have any questions about our quality assurance or would simply like to learn more, give the Novum team a call. We would be glad to talk to you about what makes Novum stand out and rise above the competition – Quality. (800) 274-2742.

Is My Hand Sanitizer Safe? FDA Hand Sanitizer Updates

When the Coronavirus Pandemic began, hand sanitizer was selling out in stores throughout the country. Name brand sanitizers like Purell could not keep up with the newly increased demand, leaving stores empty shelved and customers empty handed. Some people even purchased excessive amounts of hand sanitizer, only to sell it at marked up prices and make a profit.

The increased demand resulted in companies scrambling to create their own sanitizer, or partner with a company that could produce sanitizer. A boom of new hand sanitizer brands ensued; each made a little bit differently. The demand rushed production of these new sanitizers without allowing for proper testing and FDA approval.

Some were liquid sanitizers with higher alcohol percentages, and some were gel and had lower alcohol percentage, making it is less effective. Some sanitizers smelled like alcohol and even came in plastic liquor bottles as hand sanitizer bottles were in short supply too.  

The FDA is now warning consumers to avoid several questionable brands of hand sanitizer, some even sold by major retailers like Walmart. Wood alcohol, better known as methanol, was found in some samples of sanitizers. Methanol can be fatal when ingested and can lead to methanol poisoning when applied to the skin. The FDA recently reported cases in which children and adults have been blinded, hospitalized, or even died after ingesting methanol-based sanitizers.

To make sure the hand sanitizer you are using is safe, the CDC recommends alcohol-based hand sanitizer as a means of preventing the spread of COVID-19 and other viruses. These new warnings are sure to increase the demand on alcohol-based sanitizers so be sure to stock up while you can.

Novum’s Instant Erase Liquid Hand Sanitizer is an alcohol-based (80%) sanitizer and is FDA approved! Give us a call today to order your sanitizer and ensure your staff and your patients stay safe and healthy. (800) 274-2742.

Count on Us for Complete Room Furnishing Solutions

At Novum Medical Products, we understand that hospitals and other healthcare facilities require a diverse selection of furnishings to provide patients and their family members with compassionate, comfortable care. That’s why we strive to provide a wide variety of medical furnishings that can be valuable additions to every space from the Waiting Room to the Operating Room. You can learn a little more about the many different types of furniture we offer below!

Pediatric and Acute Care

These furnishings—which include Hospital Beds, Hospital Cribs & Hospital Bassinets, Overbed Tables and more—are designed to guarantee the comfort and safety of patients of all ages. Whether your patients are recuperating from surgery or being welcomed into the world in the Maternity Ward or Labor and Delivery Room, our Pediatric and Acute Care Furnishings include everything hospitals need to provide quality short-term care to their patients.

Long-Term Care

In contrast to Acute Care Centers, Long-Term Care Facilities require additional furnishings to make patients feel a little more at home during their stays. We offer Waiting Room Furniture and Dining Room Furniture which includes chairs and tables in various styles. For Patient Rooms our line ranges from Casegoods and Long Term Care Beds to Walkers and other mobility tools. You can find everything you need to furnish a Long-Term Care Facility on our site, all available at highly-competitive prices.

Specialty Medical Equipment

Our Specialty Stainless Steel Furnishings include durable stainless steel products and made to measure Hospital Mattresses for Stretchers, OR Tables, Cribs and Bassinets. We also have full custom stainless steel capabilities. Just tell us what you’re looking for and we’ll create a product that’s tailor-made to suit the needs of your facility. To learn more about all the furnishings we offer at Novum Medical Products, give us a call! 1.800.274.2742

iSeries Medical Recliners Offer Superior Style and Comfort

Our iSeries Hospital Recliners are designed to offer ergonomic seating options that are both comfortable and stylish. With their contoured backs, wide shoulder areas and added lumbar support, these recliners might look quite different than the stiff old medical furnishings you’re used to. They also come in seven distinct models that each include unique design features such as push-arm recliner mechanisms and caster bases. Our wall-saver recliner even shifts forward as it reclines to prevent damage to nearby walls.

Each Medical Recliner in our iSeries line also comes with a limited 7-year warranty that covers any defects in material and workmanship.

With their innovative designs and competitive price points, the iSeries Medical Recliner Chairs are some of the most popular furnishings we offer at Novum Medical Products. If these aren’t quite what you’re looking for, we offer several other models of medical recliners as well. You can also use our configurator tool to customize our iSeries Recliners to your desired specifications.

Interested in learning more about these or any of the other medical furnishings and equipment you can find on our site? Feel free to give us a call at (800) 274-2742 or contact us online to speak with a representative today!

Novum PPE Line Availability

The Novum PPE Line is in very high demand due to the Coronavirus Pandemic. In an effort to expedite and streamline your ordering process, these products are not being offered on our website at this time.

The Novum PPE Line includes cloth face masks, thermometers, and gowns.

If you are interested in these products, please call us directly at (716) 759-7200 to secure your Personal Protective Equipment before it is gone.

Thank you for your understanding, and stay safe.

Clean and Disinfect iSeries Recliners to minimize the spread of COVID-19

In the wake of the Novel Coronavirus, care and cleaning of furnishings in hospitals and medical facilities has enhanced, with a stronger emphasis on the disinfection and sterilization of these environments.  The need to clean upholstery surfaces with Bleach and other disinfectants is becoming standard practice, and upholstery materials need to be built to withstand daily disinfection.

At Novum Medical, we pride ourselves in fitting our iSeries Recliner Line with fabrics that are engineered to perform, including the manner to which they stand up to regular cleaning and disinfection. We have received numerous questions from customers and end-users pertaining to the best methods of care, cleaning and disinfection that will assist in minimizing the spread of COVID 19 and other diseases.  Here are some of those questions, with our answers:

Q: Are there any products that kill the Coronavirus / COVID 19 virus on contact?

A: Our iSeries Recliners use fabrics that are inherently anti-bacterial and/or anti-microbial which inhibit microbial growth. At this point, this may also inhibit COVID-19 but since the pathogen is not available for testing it cannot definitively be determined yet. In addition to the lack of availability of testing, the CDC has not definitively been able to determine how long this pathogen remains active on different surfaces.

Q: Should we be Sanitizing or Disinfecting? What is the difference?

A: Sanitizing is generally gentler than disinfecting. So, while sanitizing refers to lowering the number of germs by cleaning, disinfecting itself refers to killing nearly 100 percent of germs on surfaces or objects. According to the CDC to minimize the risk of spread of COVID-19 surfaces must be disinfected.

Q: What is the recommended disinfecting solution to protect from COVID-19?

A: The most used disinfection agent is diluted bleach (10:1) or isopropyl alcohol (70% solution) and there are many commercial cleaners and disinfectants available that are also suitable.

A list of EPA approved products can be found here: https://www.epa.gov/pesticide-registration/list-n-disinfectants-use-against-sars-cov-2

Q: Are there recommended care, cleaning and disinfection instructions for upholstered surfaces?

A: If you are concerned about properly disinfecting for coronavirus while also limiting the use of hazardous disinfectants, here is a primer on how to safely clean and disinfect your space.

CLEAN FIRST, THEN DISINFECT

According to the CDC, one critical step for preventing illness includes both cleaning and disinfecting the spaces where you spend your time. We recommend the following procedure to effectively clean and disinfect upholstery and other interior surfaces:

1. Clean the surface with a detergent or general-purpose cleaner. Cleaning is an important first step to the process because it physically removes soil, organic matter, and many germs from the surface.

2. Rinse the surface with clean water or wipe down with water.

3. Disinfection should always take place last, to ensure that any germs leftover after cleaning are destroyed. Disinfectants are not as effective when applied directly to dirty surfaces, because germs and viruses can hide under soils.

4. It is important to follow the label use directions for enveloped viruses, which is the category that COVID-19 falls under. Disinfectants have varying contact times, ranging from 30 seconds up to 15 minutes, which means that the disinfectant needs to be left wet on the surface for the specified amount of time to kill the targeted types of germs.

5. In order to protect the longevity of the upholstery material, it is important to rinse or wipe the material with fresh water, after the suggested contact period.

Call us at 1 (800) 274-2742 to learn more, or for more information!

Protect Patients from Infection by Maintaining Mattresses

Hospital mattress covers provide protection for mattresses that are used on hospital beds in a number of settings. They are used in acute care, long-term care, or home care settings. Worn or damaged covers can let fluids inside the mattress, posing a risk of infection to patients who may come into contact with a contaminated mattress.

The FDA recommends following these tips to help keep covers in good condition, and to identify and handle covers that are worn or damaged:

Develop an Inspection Plan: Create an inspection plan for all hospital bed mattresses and mattress covers in your facility.

Inspect

  • Regularly check each hospital bed mattress cover for any visible signs of damage or wear such as cuts, tears, cracks, pinholes, snags, or stains.
  • Routinely remove the hospital bed mattress cover and check its inside surface. Once the mattress cover is removed, inspect the mattress for wet spots, staining, or signs of damage or wear. Check all sides and the bottom of the mattress.
  • Be aware that it may be difficult to identify damaged or soiled mattresses without removing the mattress covers first. Mattress covers tend to be dark in color, making it hard to see what lies underneath.
  • Stretcher Pad & Operating Room Pad covers are fitted directly over the pad, making it impossible to access the foam. Look for cuts, tears, cracks, pinholes, snags or stains. Discoloration is also a sign of wearing and can lead to permeability.
  • Vinyl Stretcher Pad & Operating Room Pad covers tend to crack easier than 2-way or 4-way stretch covers.

Remove & Replace

  • Remove any damaged, worn, or visibly stained hospital bed mattress according to the health care facility’s procedures and manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Immediately replace any hospital bed mattress cover with visible signs of stains, damage or wear to reduce the risk of infection to patients.

Maintain: Clean and disinfect undamaged hospital bed mattress covers.

It is important to distinguish the differences between cleaning and disinfecting:

Cleaning removes germs, dirt, and impurities from surfaces or objects. Cleaning works by using soap (or detergent) and water to physically remove germs from surfaces. This process does not necessarily kill germs, but by removing them, it lowers their numbers and the risk of spreading infection.

Disinfecting kills germs on surfaces or objects. Disinfecting works by using chemicals to kill germs on surfaces or objects. This process does not necessarily clean dirty surfaces or remove germs, but by killing germs on a surface after cleaning, it can further lower the risk of spreading infection.

Some disinfecting products that we recommend are Oxivir, Sani-Wipes, and Virox. Follow these steps to ensure you’re properly disinfecting your pads!

It is also recommended that you wipe the pad with warm water after disinfecting to prevent from drying out and cracking.

Help Mom & Baby Stay Comfortable

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Giving birth is a truly life changing experience. It is also an extremely stressful experience! For some moms, the option of an at home birth helps ease those stresses. Being able to deliver in an environment that is familiar to them, and as comfortable as their living room or bedroom goes a long way.

However, most don’t have that luxury. Mom goes into labor and must be rushed frantically to the hospital. Mom has been preparing for 9 months, but no amount of time will make this any less stressful.

Hurry to a busy hospital full of sick people and overly busy staff, get placed in a cold and uncomfortable delivery room, then try to focus on breathing and staying calm. Doesn’t sound so easy.

There are things that can be done to help make the delivery room feel more comfortable, like a living room. Mom can bring her own pre-selected music playlist, bring her own pillow, or cover all the clocks so her focus can be solely on breathing. There are also things that the hospital can do to make labor and delivery rooms feel more like home, and Novum can help.

Our Case Carts, Maternity Bassinets, and Fetal Monitor Carts are made of a wooden medical grade laminate that come in 5 rich colors to match any facility’s existing décor.

These carts and bassinets provide the necessary durability and functionality, while still providing a warm aesthetic to keep Mom & Baby happy and comfortable.

Our Maternity Bassinet is a great alternative to standard stainless-steel bassinets:

Our Wooden Case Carts provide the staff with necessary work space and storage while not disrupting the environment:

Give us a call to discuss redesigning your Labor and Delivery rooms to help keep Mom & Baby comfortable! 1 (800) 274-2742