When operating a clean-room in your hospital or medical center, maintaining a sterile environment with high quality medical equipment is of the utmost importance.
A proper clean room is not only designed to keep out any sort of contamination, but is also operated by professionals trained in proper clean room procedures, using approved clean-room supplies.
In this article we’ll detail some of the more important aspects of clean-room design and supplies to have on hand for your clean-room as well as the people who will be using the clean-room.
General Clean-room Design & Engineering
Depending on the need for your clean-room, your design and engineering may have different specs and requirements, however there are several features that you will find in just about any properly built clean-room environment.
First, proper air filtration is crucial in ensuring that no dust particles, germs, bacteria or other contaminants may enter through a central air system.
Clean-rooms should have at least one additional level of filtration in place, but it is not atypical for there to be multiple levels of filtration. Another feature that can be found in many clean rooms is some form of Airlock, which ensures that any contaminants that may be present in the air cannot enter the clean-room as people enter and exit.
It’s also important that there are as few porous materials in the room as possible, especially in regards to touch points, or points that a person may come in contact with.
While any given clean-room may have more features to improve sterilization, these are some of the basics that can be found in any clean-room environment.
Clean-room Apparel & Dressing Gowns
Clean-room apparel includes but is not limited to gowns, face masks, sterile gloves, head covers, coveralls, boot and shoe covers and much more. Depending on the intended use for the clean-room and the patient or patients that may be in it, the people operating the clean-room may need some or all of these items, if not additional clean room apparel. It’s crucial that your hospital or medical center not only invest in high quality clean-room apparel, but also that there is a steady inventory of this apparel so that there is never an opportunity where your staff may be without these essential supplies.
A good rule of thumb for maintaining these supplies is that as soon as the last box or package is opened, you should immediately restock your inventory. In addition to ensuring you have adequate clean-room apparel on hand, it’s also important that your clean-room staff is properly trained in proper preparation, usage and employment of these clean-room supplies including understanding proper pre-gowning techniques.
Clean-room Cleaners & Wipes
Proper clean-room wipes are one of the most essential supplies for any clean-room environment. Sterile clean-room wipes are necessary for the sterilization of a clean-room prior to patients entering, after patients leave, as well as throughout the time that the clean-room is being used by the patient. Clean-room wipes can be made out of a number of materials, but typically they will be lint-free, non-woven, or foam based and will almost always be pre-saturated with a sterile cleaning solution.
In addition to clean-room wipes, it’s also very important to have a constant supply of clean-room cleaner and disinfectant products. These products are typically stored in spray bottles for ease of use and will be antiseptic, anti-bacterial, and will always need to be “clean-room grade”.
Depending on the exact need for the clean-room, there are a number of different levels and grades of cleaner products, but it’s typical that all of these products will contain isopropyl alcohol in some measure.
Just like clean-room apparel, it’s also good to have a proper inventory procedure in place so that your hospital or medical center is never without these products.
Clean-room Tacky Mats
Another item you will find in just about any clean-room are clean-room tacky mats or sticky mats. Clean-room mats are typically placed at the entrance points to a clean-room so that any particles or contaminants that may be attached to the bottom of a shoe or boot, are safely removed prior to entering the clean-room environment.
Clean-room mats come in a variety of sizes, but a good rule of thumb is to cover more space than you think you would need to ensure that several steps an be taken on the mat and that no unwanted material can be brought in to your clean-room.
Typically, using these mats prior to entrance will be a part of any clean-room protocol, and it’s also important that a proper procedure is in place for the regular changing out of these mats to ensure that contaminants and bacteria do not build up on them.
Faith Med Supplies carries a large stock of essential clean-room supplies from both major manufacturers. Feel free to browse our wide selection of Medical Supplies or contact us to assist in finding the best clean-room products for your facility.