Information and Guidelines taken from www.safetyandquality.gov.au
Effective infection prevention and control practices can reduce the risk of transmission between patients, clients, workers and others in healthcare, beauty and office environments.
Infectious agents transmitted during the provision of face-to-face services (such as healthcare & beauty procedures). These come primarily from human sources, including patients, clinicians and visitors. Successful infection control measures involve implementing work practices that prevent the transmission of infectious agents using a two-tiered approach:
- Standard precautions
- Transmission-based precautions
Standard precautions are basic infection prevention and control strategies that apply to everyone, regardless of their perceived or confirmed infectious status. Strategies include hand hygiene, personal protective equipment, cleaning, and appropriate handling and disposal of sharps. These are a first-line approach to infection prevention and control in health service organisations, but can be routinely applied as an essential strategy for minimising the spread of infections in any environment or workplace. Standard precautions minimise the risk of transmission of infectious agents from one person or place to another, even in high-risk situations, and render and maintain objects and areas as free as possible from infectious agents.1
Transmission-based precautions are specific interventions to interrupt the mode of transmission of infectious agents. They are used to control infection risk with patients or clients who are suspected or confirmed to be infected. Transmission-based precautions are recommended as extra work practices in situations when standard precautions alone may be insufficient to prevent transmission. Transmission-based precautions are also used during outbreaks to help contain and prevent further infection.
Common Infection Control & Prevention standards include:
Hand hygiene is the leading measure for preventing the spread of antimicrobial resistance and reducing healthcare-associated infections (HCAIs). With employees and workers’ hands being the most common cause for transmission of pathogens, it is important to practice effective hand hygiene rituals.
In turn, this also extends beyond the healthcare environment, to include beauty salons/parlours, tattoo and piercing studios, massage centres, skin clinics and other environments where face-to-face client work is carried out.
Livingstone has a wide range of hand hygiene products to effectively cleans your hands without drying out your skin.
Our hand sanitisers are one of the strongest in the market, containing 75% Ethanol Ethyl Alcohol. Our wide range of hand washes are enhanced with antibacterial properties and moisturisers to keep your hands soft and hydrated.
Failure to develop concrete policies for the handling of medical and infectious waste can lead to disastrous consequences. Ignoring the importance of waste management makes a facility or salon more dangerous for its current patients/clients and sets in motion a cycle of infection outside of its walls.
As much, make sure when handling medical and infectious waste that you use the correct products. This will prevent the likelihood of an infectious outbreak.
Cytotoxic Waste Disposal Bin (Top Left), Biohazard Bags (Top Right), Infectious Waste Clean Up Kit (Bottom Left), Gastroenteritis Clean Up Kit (Bottom Right)
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Personal protective equipment (PPE) refers to protective clothing such as helmets, gloves, face shields, goggles, face masks and/or respirators. This equipment designed to protect the wearer from the spread of infection or illness.
When used properly, PPE acts as a barrier between infectious materials and your skin, mouth, nose or eyes (mucous membranes). The barrier has the potential to block transmission of contaminants from blood, body fluids or respiratory secretions.
Disinfection is a process that reduces the number of micro-organisms to a level at which they do not present a risk to patients or clients.
Usually, the process of disinfecting involves the need to clean the surface prior to disinfecting. Cleaning means physically removing germs, dirt and organic matter from surfaces. Disinfecting means using chemicals to kill germs on surfaces. It’s important to clean before disinfecting because organic matter and dirt can reduce the ability of disinfectants to kill germs.
As a result, Livingstone developed a range of sanitisation products and cleaning products that have gone through strict and rigorous examination by third party companies and the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) to ensure our products conform to Australian standards.
These products include:
KOVIT (Knock Out Viruses In Time)
Our KOVIT range comes in two different options:
1. The range on the left (clear) is a 2-in-1 disinfectant that is TGA listed (AUST L 336973) and approved for use on aircrafts. It is fragrance free and kills COVID-19 and 99.9% of germs and bacteria upon 10 minutes of contact.
2. The range on the right (pink) is a 2-in-1 disinfectant that is fresh lemon citrus scented and kills 99.9% of germs and bacteria upon 10 minutes of contact.
1. Liv-Wipe Hospital Grade Disinfectant Wipes
LIV-WIPE® Hospital Grade Sanitiser Disinfectant Wipes are TGA Listed (AUST L 352391) disinfectant. They contain an effective broad spectrum disinfectant that kills COVID-19 virus and 99.9% of germs. Effective biocidal action against: Bacteria – Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Proteus vulgaris. To be used on hard, nonporous and pre-cleaned surface only. These wipes are also available in different sizes to suit most applications. Fits a wide range of dispensers.
These products are not to be used on medical devices or other therapeutic goods. Not to be used on skin.
Please Note: DW200 is not TGA listed.
2. Liv-Wipe Alcohol Wipes
LIV-WIPE® Alcohol Wipes are a convenient multipurpose cleaner. These wipes are ideal for use in disinfecting most surfaces at work or at home. Impregnated with 70% isopropyl alcohol, they are an effective germicidal and anti-bacterial wipe. LIV-WIPE is safe to use on stainless steel and other hard surfaces such as bench tops, trolleys, door handles, office telephones, desks, handrails, bed rails and more. These wipes are also available in different sizes to suit most applications. Fits a wide range of dispensers.
3. Liv-Wipe Detergent Wipes
LIV-WIPE® Detergent Wipes are formulated with an alcohol free and pH neutral solution. This is ideal for cleaning and preparing hard surfaces to be disinfected. These wipes are fragrance free and don’t contain any harsh chemicals. These wipes are also available in different sizes to suit most applications. Fits a wide range of dispensers.