|Title:||Chemical Disinfection of Bedpans, Urinals and Commode Bowls in Private Permanent Care and Long Stay Facilities|
|Document ID:||Operational Circular OP 1730/04|
|Date of issue:||Thursday, 8 January 2004|
|Status:||NO LONGER APPLICABLE|
|Description:||Overview of the safe handling of the process of chemical disinfection of sanitary hardware and the proper use of the disinfecting chemicals.|
|Applicable to:||Nursing homes and long-stay facilities|
|Period of effect:||from 30 November 2003 to 30 November 2005|
|Authorised by:||Dr Andrew Robertson, Director, Clinical Policy and Programs, 15-Dec-2003|
|Print version:||View print version|
Chemical Disinfection of Bedpans, Urinals and Commode Bowls in Private Permanent Care and Long Stay Facilities
Decontamination of pans and urinals can be achieved within 5 minutes provided the items are free from soil and are totally submerged.
The chemical specified for use in chemical pan sanitisers is Chlorinated trisodium phosphate. Chlorinated trisodium phosphate is an irritant to the eyes, skin and upper respiratory system. Before using the chemical, the label instructions and the product material safety data sheet (MSDS) available from the manufacturer/supplier are to be read and the instructions closely followed. The MSDS has been placed in your health service unit's chemical register.
Chlorinated trisodium phosphate is used in concentration of 480 grams per tank full of water (ie. 80 litres). While some chemical suppliers now make their product available in sachet form, those hospitals using bulk supplies should use two scoops full of the chemical, using the in-built scoop positioned at the bottom front of the tank.
The following precautions should be taken with the above chemical.
If using plastic urinals and bedpans it is important that the steel grill is lowered to keep the items submerged.
It is not advisable for either full strength or the diluted solution to be handled unprotected. The plastic chemical container provided should be used for the full strength chemical and the lifter used for removing the bedpans from the decontaminator, otherwise surface drying on the skin will take place. It is recommended that the lifter that is provided be utilised to eliminate handling.
The tank must be emptied and replenished every 24 hours or 12 hourly if in constant use.
A program replacing chemical soakers with thermal disinfectors should be made a priority.
Do not process wash basins, vomit bowls or kidney dishes in the tank. These items must be either sanitised in hot water or steam sterilised after cleaning.
A wet pan or bottle must not be used for a urine sample; otherwise a false reading may be obtained due to the presence of chlorine. Once the pan or bottle is dry, all chlorine has been given off.
If difficulties are noted in dissolving the chemicals due to local water conditions, contact your local chemical supplier.
Dr Andrew Robertson
This circular last updated: Thursday, 8 January 2004 at 12:00am