Emergency response vehicles play a vital role in emergency situations, and keeping them in top working order is critical to ensuring that they’re always ready to go at a moment’s notice. Regular maintenance for ambulances, fire trucks and other first response vehicles is important to providing first-rate care to those in need of help. Part of this includes proper disinfection to keep them safe for patients, paramedics, emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and fire fighters who risk exposure to blood-borne pathogens and other bacteria. Here’s how using Clorox® products and technology can reduce bacteria levels to nearly undetectable levels in EMS vehicles.
A Case Study in Clorox® Disinfecting
To determine the effectiveness of a Clorox® disinfecting bundle for emergency response vehicles, high touch surfaces in six vehicles at a major emergency services facility in the New York area were swabbed before and after cleaning and disinfecting with Clorox® products.
All samples showed a significant reduction in the detectable number of bacteria following disinfection with Clorox Healthcare® Hydrogen Peroxide Cleaner Disinfectant Wipes and the Clorox® Total 360® System. Most notably, 63 per cent fewer samples tested positive for bacteria following disinfection, and 87 per cent of sites swabbed showed no detectable microorganisms after disinfection.
Ensuring emergency response vehicles are properly disinfected is crucial to protect staff and patients from being exposed to dangerous pathogens. Using an effective, dual-approach disinfecting method and innovative technology makes all the difference when it comes to keeping patients and emergency response staff safe against the risk of infection transmission.
EMS Vehicle Cleaning & Disinfecting Guide
Help prevent the spread of infection by regularly cleaning and disinfecting surfaces in EMS vehicles by completing these tasks:
- Discard disposable equipment, remove contaminated items and reusable equipment
- Pick up loose trash and debris, empty trash cans
- Manually clean to remove soil and other visible dirt
Using a mix of products will help clean and disinfect a variety of surfaces. For EMS vehicles, it’s crucial to use products that have maximum disinfecting efficacy to reduce the likelihood of transmitting bacteria. For on-the-spot cleaning, try using hand sanitizing spray for hand health, hydrogen peroxide disinfectant wipes and bleach germicidal wipes for maximum effect.
Focusing cleaning and disinfecting on high touch surfaces will help ensure that you’re getting the most out of your efforts. For EMS vehicles, this includes:
- Stretchers and seats
- Spinal boards
- Shelving and equipment
- Door handles
For end-of-day cleaning, use electrostatic disinfecting, paired with an EPA-registered disinfecting solution so you can maximize your disinfecting capability while efficiently achieving complete coverage of all surfaces.
Product Information Guide
Emergency services personnel play a vital role in maintaining public health, and an EMS provider’s first step in this process is maintaining a clean, disease-free vehicle. Clorox® offers a wide range of germ-killing products suited to EMS disinfection needs, which are effective on a variety of surfaces.