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Dealing with body spills

Published 30th July, 2015 by Neil Nixon

Dealing with body spills

Body spills and unexpected soiling are a familiar challenge in building care. They always represent a potential source of infection and must be cleaned up quickly and efficiently to eliminate the risk. Most infections are spread by personal contact or touching previously contaminated surfaces. This is why effective hand hygiene and surface disinfection are vital components of any infection prevention regime.

Eliminating body spills is also important because they can contain large amounts of pathogens that, if not removed effectively, can quickly spread and cause illness in others. They also often occur in settings where other vulnerable people are present or where illness among staff can severely compromise an organisation's ability to provide care.

Diversey Care's Oxivir Plus Spill Kit contains everything needed to isolate, remove and disinfect a body spill. It allows building care teams or designated employees to respond quickly before the spill has a chance to spread and cause further contamination. Contents include disposable protective clothing, absorbent granules, plastic scoop, scraper and bags, and a spray bottle of the unique Oxivir Plus broad-spectrum disinfectant. All items are supplied in a handy portable carrier designed to be kept at convenient locations throughout a building for quick and easy access during emergencies.

When a body spill occurs the user puts on the protective clothing - gloves, shoe protectors, apron, mask and goggles. They then spray the spill and surrounding area with the Oxivir Plus disinfectant. Depending on the nature of the body spill, an area up to one metre from its centre may need to be disinfected because small, barely visible liquid droplets created by coughing, sneezing, vomiting and so on can travel this far.

A sachet of dry granules from the kit is then applied to the spill and surrounding area. The granules absorb any liquid present and quickly form a gel that can be gathered up easily using the scraper and scoop and placed into one of the kit's sealable plastic bags ready for safe disposal. Once the gel has been removed the area is sprayed again with the Oxivir Plus disinfectant and left for five minutes.

Oxivir Plus is a unique and fast-acting cleaner-disinfectant that offers powerful broad-spectrum performance against a wide range of infections and micro-organisms including bacteria, viruses, fungi and yeasts in a single product. Its unique formulation contains patented Accelerated Hydrogen Peroxide (AHP) and is fully compliant with the European Biocidal Product Directive.

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