Bedpan Washer Disinfector Validation
Inadequate decontamination of bedpans, used in the clinical setting, may result in the transmission and spread of pathogenic organisms presenting severe consequences for the immunocompromised patient and in particular, the elderly and patients in long term care (Alfa et al., 2013).
Most notably, Clostridium difficile and Vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus (VRE) have been associated with several outbreaks of infection. In one reported outbreak of C. difficile, the highest rate of contamination in the environment was isolated to the toilet seats 33.3%, with the second highest level of contamination 25.9%, isolated to bedpans (Frawley et al., 2005).
ENISO15883-3 specifies the general requirements for performance of these washers.
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The bedpan washer must meet specific performance requirements relating to emptying, flushing, chemical dosing, washing, disinfecting, rinsing and drying.
Validation must be carried out routinely to demonstrate the washer is consistently providing effective decontamination.