Infection Control Showering Systems

Bathing Reinvented

Most Infection Control Directors believe that UTI’s and other infections persist because of staff not adhering to facility protocols. Specifically in the areas of hand-washing, leaving patients/ residents in soiled briefs too long and improper catheter care.

Facilities who are using the LOU LOU Shower System have discovered that staff are doing a better job adhering to protocols than previously thought. Simultaneously they discover that a primary source of infections is the method used for the hygiene procedure (baths or showers.)

The LOU LOU Shower Chair System is specific to institutional showering areas where conventional chairs and/or whirlpool or air-spa tubs are used. With the large majority of nursing home residents classified a incontinent, human waste inevitably ends up on shower chair seats, the floor and low walls, the chair wheels and caregiver shoes (which then deposit the pathogens into general traffic areas where they spread uncontrollably.) This pathogen-laden waste contaminates tub components in the same manner, regardless of the diligent efforts of caregivers to properly clean and flush the units.

How it works:

One component of the LOU LOU system captures the human excrement and routes it directly into the drain pipe, eliminating this major infection transmission route.

Another feature of the LOU LOU system is an innovatively responsive chair design that resolves the problems common to all other chairs. These include a fully padded, brilliantly contoured seat and back rest (the pads are guaranteed for the life of the chair, which happens to be many times longer than the PVC chairs you have been using) Also, total access to the peri area for hands-on washing, without having to bend your knees, and several other Caregiver-inspired features.

Adding to the prevention of infections is the third component of the LOU LOU system, the wall mounted Disinfectant Station. This self-contained unit allows your staff to efficiently clean and sanitize all surfaces after each shower. The cabinet is compliantly locked and plumbed to dilute the proprietary cleaner/ degreaser/ disinfectant to the most efficient and economical blend. Pathogens are controlled so as to end this transmission cycle that has been misunderstood and overlooked long enough.

Oh yes, one more thing, because of the dramatic reduction in your UTI rate, the LOU LOU system will pay for itself in 30 days or less, by your own calculations.

Hickory Technologies is your source for the LOU LOU System, in NJ, DE, PA, DC, VA, NC, SC and MD.

Ask us to provide you a evaluation of this game-changing LOU LOU innovation. Available in sizes including bariatric to 600 pounds.


Sling and Belt Textiles for Infection Control

The choice of sling TEXTILES is another method of infection control

Vancare has two specifically created textiles for this purpose.

1. “Patient Specific Slings” These are dedicated to a person in an Isolation room. They remain in the room until no longer needed. They are to be considered Non- Launderable. As a matter of Facility Infection Protocol, slings contaminated with pathogens should never be co-mingled with other soiled items. Vancare’s Patient Specific’s are about one-fifth the cost of the launderable textiles, making them a cost-effective infection control strategy

2. “C Cloth” This proprietary textile has a shiny coating on the patient-side. The fabric is not the “wickable/breathable” style of the “H Cloth” slings used for general population, everyday use. What “C Cloth” does provide is a wipe- sanitizable surface. Staff can spray it with normal disinfectants, and wipe-remove wound exudate and other debris. This feature helps providers minimizing the frequency and down-time for laundering. NOTE – “C Cloth” should not be used when the sling is being left-in-place while someone is in a chair. It can become slippery when body heat against the non-breathable textile results in perspiration. The “H Cloth” is a safe choice when leaving the sling in place.

Infection Control tip with full-body, total lift slings:

When caregivers are aware of a wound exudate site on the person’s body, one which would otherwise render the sling soiled and out-of-service for the laundering cycle, try this… APIC specialists have suggested placing any simple barrier, a towel, pillowcase, or disposable pad between the sling and the wound-site on the person being lifted. Done property, the sling can avoid being soiled, and remain in use.


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