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Supporting the guardians of the (healthcare) galaxy

Infection control staff and healthcare cleaning teams make a major contribution to protecting the health of the nation. 

Often working diligently below the radar, these two crucially important teams function as the first line of defence and the last line of resistance in the fight against harmful pathogens.  

 

People protectors 

Infection prevention and control teams work with healthcare staff, patients, and visitors to reduce the risk of transmission of infection, often in partnership with the Domestic Services teams also working to reduce the risk of infection. The NHS calls them “the lifeblood of the NHS.” 

By setting and upholding high standards in cleanliness and care, these guardians actively prevent the spread of illness and keep patients, staff and visitors safe. 

 

The evolution of cleaning process 

How can we make their job easier? What can we do to support them?  

Time is of the essence when cleaning and disinfecting, so one way to help would be to save them time 

Historically, chlorine has been the go-to disinfectant to clean hospitals and surfaces, but studies show that chlorine loses its efficacy when it comes into contact with dirt or organic matter, so surfaces and areas are cleaned with detergents before being disinfected with chlorine, effectively doubling the time it takes to make a ward safe. 

Despite this two-step process, the method became routine. Chlorine also has the additional drawback of being corrosive in nature and not suitable for use on all materials. 

There was no alterative until recently.  

 

The next generation of pathogen-fighting power 

Hospitals and other healthcare settings are now choosing our timesaving one-step process combining cleaning and disinfection with DiffX™. Working through dirt and reducing the spread of infection without lowering standards of care. 

Tested in UK laboratories to comply with the highest European standards, this powerful chlorine-free oxygenated cleaning and disinfection system is proven to eliminate all known surface contamination including spores, bacteria, viruses. DiffX™ eliminates COVID-19, C. difficile, MRSA, Norovirus, H1N1 virus, CRE/CRO, CPE, Candida auris, Mpox, and Tuberculosis. 

This dual-purpose professional grade product also has cost saving benefits while keeping cleaning and disinfection standards high, and its pH-neutral, non-corrosive formula is also gentler on surfaces and equipment. It is a natural progression in infection prevention. 

Contact the MTP Innovations team to organise your free trial of DiffX™. 

Mike Jepson       Email: info@diffxdoesit.com    Telephone: 01484 505615

Protect your staff and patients

Protect your staff and patients with clean and safe healthcare settings

Protection against infection

The team here at DiffX Does It™ are passionate about the work we do to help hospitals reduce infections and keep them clean.

Our aim is to reduce the impact of Healthcare Acquired Infections for our loved ones who are ill and or vulnerable, the dedicated staff who care for them and all volunteers and visitors who help with recovery.

DiffX™ is both a cleaning and disinfection product used on all hospitals surfaces to reduce and control the spread of infection.

Minimise the risk of infection with clean, safe healthcare facilities.

Keeping wards and healthcare environments clean and safe helps the NHS reduce costs associated with HCAI’s.

If an infection is found it can spread quickly and lead to ward closures which has an cause an onward chain of problems such as increased waiting times for patients due to be admitted, cancelations to operations and routine treatments, cancelled as the ward beds are not available after the operation as well and backlogs of patients in A&E departments and ambulance’s who are not able to be discharged to wards for their ongoing care.

Infection prevention and control

Healthcare teams are under extreme pressure to meet the demands of their roles and demands from the people using their healthcare services.

We have compiled these simple and effective steps to keep hospitals clean and safe.

Disinfect and clean all surfaces and touchpoints with a solution effective at eliminating all known infections, like DiffX™!

If in doubt stay out. Do not come to work or come as a visitor to a healthcare facility if you have a cough, fever, flu, sickness or diarrhoea.

Follow hospital hygiene guidelines. Whether you are staff or a visitor this is a tried and tested way reduce the spread of infections.

Follow vaccination advice if you are a healthcare worker or in an at-risk group, immunisation can prevent sickness and prevent the spread.

eXtra hand washing or cleaning. Healthcare facilities provide handwashing or alcohol gel dispensers as you go in and out of wards. This simple step prevents infections moving from area to area.

Find out how DiffX™ can protect your staff and patients.

DiffX™ products have demonstrated a significant reduction in bed and ward closure days when compared to standard disinfectant and cleaning agents.

The efficacy of DiffX™ is supported with clinical evidence and supports infection prevention and control teams, helping them make informed decisions when using our products.

Together we can fight infection.

If you would like to find out more, or would like to trial our DiffX™ products, please contact us:

Mike Jepson       Email: info@diffxdoesit.com    Telephone: 01484 505615

*A Healthcare Associated Infection (HCAI) is an infection that is acquired at a healthcare facility like a hospital, clinic, or nursing home. HCAIs can be from a range of microorganisms such as spores, bacteria, or viruses and common ones include: Norovirus, MRSA, Influenza, Monkeypox, Respiratory infections, and COVID-19.

Are hospitals moving away from chlorine

Are Hospitals moving away from Chlorine?

We’re hearing more and more from hospitals looking for an alternative to chlorine for disinfecting their healthcare settings. Research is building a steady case against the use of chlorine-based disinfectants and cites a strong connection between chlorine usage and levels of occupational asthma. Both nursing staff and domestic teams can be subject to the long-term effect of this debilitating disease.

Due to the problems associated with chlorine products, chlorine free, DiffX™ has been designed to support the healthcare industry provide a safer environment for staff and patients and offers many other additional benefits.

Use of some disinfectants cause respiratory conditions.

We’ve taken a look at two scientific papers that investigate all degrees of breathing problems and occupational asthma to see what they recommend with regard to the harmful effects of chlorine based disinfectants, and at the way disinfectant and cleaning agents should be used, in order to improve safety and avoid the cost of chlorine on health, hospital equipment, as well as on the environment.

A study of 4102 American nurses conducted in 2014*, examining their use of disinfectants and the associated damaging respiratory effects, found that ‘in particular’ the disinfection of medical instruments was associated with poor asthma control and recommends healthcare services stop using hazardous substances and use safer alternatives for asthma control.

DiffX™ is a perfect alternative to chlorine-based disinfectants. It is a safer combined cleaner and disinfectant, and it does not cause breathing problems or make existing conditions worse. DiffX™ patented peracetic acid formulation, is non-toxic and totally environmentally safe, leaving no toxic residue on surfaces and any unused solution is harmless.

Certain types of cleaning associated with increased risk of asthma

In the UK, research completed by the Health and Safety Executive in 2017* reviewed 59 academic papers that looked at the occupational risks of asthma in relation to cleaning products and concluded that there is consistent evidence that certain types of cleaning work were associated with increased risk of developing asthma, and potentially other respiratory conditions, and making pre-existing asthma worse.

Asthma symptoms were reported to worsen with the use of chlorine agents and bleaches, and spraying these chemicals was also associated with increased risk of respiratory disease.

DiffX™ minimises waste and provides users with piece of mind. This safer alternative to a chlorine acts faster than chlorine disinfection, so it is especially beneficial for quick turnover of patient’s rooms and equipment.

Benefits of non-chlorine cleaning & disinfecting

Being milder and more effective, DiffX™ will not harm these materials in the way that chlorine disinfectants do. Supported by testing DiffX™ is safe on: stainless steel, plastic, silicone, laminates, and microfiber.

Therefore, reduces the costs of repair and replacement that may be incurred when using chlorine. Resulting in surfaces and furnishings looking brighter and newer for longer. Great for budgets as well as improving the wellbeing and moral of patients and staff alike.

Advantages of DiffX™

So, with strong scientific evidence, does this mean that chlorine-based disinfectants have had their day? We know that healthcare organisations are looking for safer choices and longer-term savings.

We at DiffX™ have been overwhelmed with the interest in our product that has been designed to provide such an alternative. The absence of chlorine and the application of DiffX™ provides a safer product that does not harm health or productivity.

This, combined with DiffX™’s non-corrosive effect on hospital equipment makes it a better choice for effective cleaning and disinfection with massive long-term benefits for health and hospital budgets.

Book a call with us to find out how we supported a hospital domestic team member to return to work after 3 months off from the effects of chlorine on their health;

Mike Jepson       Email: info@diffxdoesit.com    Telephone: 01484 505615

References
* Dumas O, Wiley AS, Quinot C, et al, occupational exposure to disinfectants and asthma control in US nurses
Health and safety executive 2017 study ‘A literature review of evidence on cleaning products And Occupational risks for asthma’

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Supporting the IPS with their Route to Net Zero

As corporate members of the Infection Prevention Society (IPS), it was great to attend the IPS Journey To Net Zero conference in Birmingham and hear more about the ongoing task of taking NHS’ emissions to Net Zero by 2040 in all areas under their control.

It was great to see the subject of sustainability discussed with the urgency and commitment that it needs, as well as hear about the progress to date.

The breadth and variety of ideas about how changing products can help the NHS move towards net zero was impressive.

We share the IPS community’s commitment to sustainable products. DiffX™ cleaner and disinfectant which supports the NHS in reducing its environmental impact, and effectively reducing infections.

You can read more in our blog Cleaning and Disinfecting Sustainably in Healthcare as to how DiffX™ can help reduce your impact on the planet.

Our special thanks go to the coordinator for the IPS’ Sustainability SIG Graham Pike Associate Director of Nursing & IPC, Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, who’s championing sustainability in all aspects of the infection prevention industry, as well as to the many great speakers, such as; Holly Slyne, Jon Otter, Heidi Barnard and Clare Nash. We look forward to hearing updates on how the practical steps, case studies and ideas raised at the conference are spreading throughout our healthcare systems.

Would you like more information about how we can support you?

Get in touch with us

Mike Jepson      Email: mike.jepson@mtpinnovations.com          Telephone: 01484 505615

How to use DiffX™ to clean and disinfect

How to use DiffX™ non-chlorine cleaner and disinfectant

Our DiffX™ products are easy to use and proven to destroy life threatening viruses, fungi, yeasts, spores and bacteria.

Its pH neutral formula is easy on the environment and a powerful disinfectant that eliminates all surface contamination.

To support you use our product correctly we have this short video.

The 5 main points from the video to correctly use DiffX™ are:

  • Check dilution rates for the type of cleaning and disinfection you need
  • Ensure water is warm to the touch, between 35º – 45º
  • Allow the sachet to fully dissolve
  • In use, ensure the cloth or mop is damp but not wet
  • Effective for 24 hours, discard any leftover solution after this time

­If you would like to find out more about how to use our DiffX™ products please contact us:

Get in touch with us

Mike Jepson      Email: info@diffxdoesit.com          Telephone: 01484 505615

Cleaning and Disinfecting Sustainably in Healthcare

As the season changes and the weather improves, we all think about new beginnings, fresh starts, and a thorough spring clean.

We’ve taken the new season to remind ourselves of our environmental impact and how we can help you to reduce yours.

In 2020 the NHS adopted a plan to become the world’s first carbon net zero national health system, further committing to this pledge by embedding net zero into legislation, through the Health and Care Act 2022.

This means NHS England, and all Trusts, Foundation Trusts, and Integrated Care Boards have a duty to contribute towards the reduction of statutory emissions and environmental targets.

Read more about Greener NHS

Using DiffX™ you can reduce infections, clean efficiently, and introduce greater sustainability into your hospital or healthcare setting.

Here are some ways DiffX™ helps:

Reuse your cleaning equipment over and over again

Our DiffX™ solution is used with handcloths, mops, buckets, squeezy bottles and other reusable items. This is a huge improvement in sustainability compared to the routine use of and disposal of cleaning and disinfecting wipes.

The revised HTM07-01 guidance champions this as a way of cleaning and disinfecting to reduce waste and reduce environmental impact.

Effective cleaning and disinfection in one solution

DiffX™ formula is a powerful cleaner as well as a disinfectant. Its disinfecting properties are not affected by soiled surfaces meaning you can clean and disinfect at the same time, reducing water consumption and cleaning time!

Our soluble sachets are biodegradable

The active ingredient in DiffX™ is peracetic acid. This is created in situ when the sachets are dissolved in warm water and are biodegradable.

pH neutral and non-corrosive

The pH neutral, non-corrosive formula is kinder on surfaces and equipment, extending their life and reducing waste.

 

DiffX™ uses innovative technology to help healthcare staff clean and disinfect sustainably. By reducing harmful chemicals, water and waste generation, healthcare facilities become more sustainable and safer for their patients, staff, and the community.

If you would like to find out more about how the MTP Innovations team can support you to reduce infections and keep your healthcare settings clean sustainably, or to arrange a fully supported evaluation, contact us:

 

Christine Sparks       Email: info@diffxdoesit.com            Telephone: 01484 505615

Winter Pressures and the Importance of Infection Prevention & Control

Winter months bring colder temperatures and shorter days, but they also bring something else – more pathogens and illness! In this blog we remind ourselves of the importance of infection prevention and control and cleaning and disinfection within a healthcare setting.

Common cold, flu, and norovirus, can spread quickly and cause serious complications for those with weakened immune systems, and impact the workload on the already overstretched NHS staff and services.

These illnesses can be transmitted easily in hospitals, as patients and visitors inadvertently bring them in with them. They are spread through contact with contaminated surfaces, equipment, and healthcare professionals.

Infection prevention and control is vitally important in the fight against the spread of winter viruses and other healthcare acquired infections.

Healthcare professionals should always:

  • practice good hand hygiene,
  • use personal protective equipment (PPE) such as gloves & masks, where appropriate, and
  • ensure that all surfaces and equipment are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected.

Here at MTP Innovations we can support you with the latter. Our DiffX™ disinfection system is proven to be effective against all healthcare associated infections whilst protecting surfaces and equipment with its pH neutral, non-corrosive formula.

The powerful formulation allows healthcare teams to clean and disinfect at the same time, sanitising all surfaces such as floors and worktops as well as those high touchpoint areas and patient’s contact surfaces such as medical equipment, bed rails and door handles.

By taking the necessary steps to practice effective disinfection and following good infection prevention and control practices, hospitals can help protect their staff, patients, and visitors from the spread of winter pathogens.

If you would like to find out more about how the MTP Innovations team can support you with keeping your healthcare environments clean and sanitised, or to arrange a fully supported evaluation, get in contact with us:

Get in touch with us

Christine Sparks      Email: info@diffxdoesit.com          Telephone: 01484 505615