Ever wonder if you are using the chamber disinfectant properly? Do you know what the contact time (kill time for pathogens, micro-organisms, etc.) is for your disinfectant? When you are running back to back treatments and are short on time, are you just spraying and wiping the gurney down? If so, you should be aware that it takes between 30 seconds, 10 minutes, and up to 30 minutes to kill some pathogens and micro-organisms.
Contact time: The time it takes for your disinfectant to kill pathogens and micro-organisms on the spot. This requires you to leave the solution or the sprayed area alone for that specified amount of time.
TOR-HB (Made by Ecolab) Contact times:
HIV – 30 seconds
HCV – Hepatitis C Virus – 10 Minutes
HBV – Hepatitis B Virus – 10 Minutes
Cytomegalovirus - 10 Minutes
Enterococcus faecalis – Vacomycin Resistant (VRE) – 10 Minutes
Staphylococcus aureus – Methicillin Resistant (MRSA) – 10 Minutes
Pseudomonas aeruginosa – 10 Minutes
Herpes simplex type 2 virus – 10 Minutes
Serratia marcescens – 10 Minutes
Acinetobacter calcoaceticus var. iwoffi – 10 Minutes
Streptococcus pyogenes – 10 Minutes
Salmonella choleraesuis – 10 Minutes
Polio Virus Type 1 – 30 Minutes
Whew!!! Try spelling all that just once. The point I am trying to make here is that we do treat patients with at least one of these bugs (at least MRSA and VRE) and could possibly expose your next HBO patient/s to these bugs especially if they are immunosuppressed if the chamber and gurney are not properly disinfected.