Medical, Healthcare and Aged Care

Creating healthier environments for the most vulnerable.

Facilities face increasing ethical and economic pressure to improve patient outcomes, As infections continue to claim lives and the world faces the global threat of antibiotic resistance, creating safe and more satisfying environments of care has never been more important. The effects of aging include the immune system and older people naturally do not respond to immune challenges as robustly as the young. During the COVID-19 outbreak, 5 clusters occurred in aged-care facilities, with a total of 39 residents infected by staff or visitors, resulting in 16 deaths, along with 78 health care workers infected and 36 others associated with healthcare workers or their close associates.

Aged Care Facilities are also a haven for other bacteria and viruses and protecting residents from pathogens is a daily struggle.

In a recent study, researchers from an Australian University carried out swab tests at four facilities and found more than a third of residents were infected with antibiotic-resistant superbugs, potentially putting other residents, staff and visitors at risk.

With 36,000 aged care residents in 650 plus facilities around the country, our infection prevention solutions with safe, easy, and effective disinfection can play a key role in reducing the transmission of infectious diseases.

Vivotec Solution:

Regularly cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces like door knobs, light switches, tables and chairs, shared equipment and facilities, dining & social areas, toilet and washing facilities, along with a programme of full room disinfection, significantly reduces infection risk for residents/patients, staff, and visitors.

Vivotec’s range of electrostatic misters and ULV foggers coupled with fast acting disinfectants provide a rapid an effective means of regularly sanitising to provide a clean, odour free environment of care.

Misting is a contactless method of disinfecting, greatly reducing the risk of infection for staff, and reduces the time required to disinfect a typical area by approx 70% compared to traditional spraying and wiping, while also providing much more complete coverage with 65% less disinfectant use, greatly reducing labour and consumable costs.

Equipment Recommendation:

  • Due to the low amount of airborne mist, Electrostatic sprayers are the best option for use where regular disinfection is required, and other people may be present during the process. Electrostatic misting also has a 3D wrap around effect giving better all around coverage of objects without having to spray or wipe from multiple different angles to get coverage as with traditional methods
  • The VP200ES Cordless Electrostatic hand-held sprayer and Vivo- DIGIPRO Cordless are perfect for quick, targeted disinfecting of individual rooms and facilities and equipment such as bed structures, mobility aids etc. The VP200 also comes in a versatile soft side carry bag for added convenience. Disinfectant coverage of approx. 260m2 per 1L tank fill.
  • For broader scale disinfection of larger rooms and common areas, lobbies, visiting rooms etc the VP300ES cordless electrostatic backpack sprayer or the VIVO-MAX / VIVO-DUOMAX ULV foggers could be good options, giving over 2200m2 of disinfectant coverage per tank fill.

Disinfectant Recommendation:

Due to their non-toxic nature, AHP and NaDCC disinfectants are safe for application around people and applicator PPE is not required, unless there is high concentration of airborne mist, in which case respiratory protection is desirable to avoid possible nasal irritation.

Important Note: To avoid surface tarnishing or streaking, AHP & NaDCC are not recommended for use on brass, copper, marble, exposed raw steel/cast iron or zinc coatings. See data sheet for full materials compatibility.

  • Oxivir AHP disinfectant and wipes are perfect for use in care environments, having the lowest EPA toxicity rating available, breaking down into oxygen and water minutes after application, leaving no residue or odour.
  • For applications such as such as outdoor facilities, handrails, entry areas, stairwells, exercise equipment, staff locker rooms etc, Vivotecs Klorsept NaDCC disinfectant is an alternative solution. The effervescent tablets provide a very effective, fast acting, yet economical and easy to use solution which doesn’t require special measuring or mixing procedures – simply add the required number of tablets per litre of tap water, let them dissolve for a few minutes then you’re ready to go. Note: NaDCC has a slight chlorine odour when applied. While this quickly dissipates it could possibly cause respiratory irritation for residents with asthmatic tendencies or other sensitivities.