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How to Keep Rented Medical Equipment Clean in Your Home

Updated: Oct 31, 2019

Handicapped and sick people have Hoya lifts, beds, chairs, portable x-ray machines brought into their homes all the time. Allegedly, they would have been disinfected, but why, as a patient or homeowner, would you accept that?


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Or - you may well ask - why is it so important to have the rented medical equipment in your home disinfected? Seems a little extreme, wouldn’t you say? After all, your home is clean, even spotless, so what’s the problem?


Actually, the Centers for Disease Control has a ready answer to the question! “Bringing medical equipment and devices into the home that has not been properly cleaned and disinfected constitutes," they say, “an important reservoir for transmission of infection. By effectively combining the use of hand washing, barrier precautions, and meticulous cleaning and disinfection with an EPA-registered product, [you] should be able to continue to keep the home environment a safe place for...patients to receive care.”


Home Is Safer - But Be Alert!

In general, your home is a safer than a hospital or an ambulatory care center, but you still need to be aware of the risk of infection. Before you freak out, rest assured that epidemics are not a realistic risk and the threat of cross-infection is rare. But there are still some risks and you should be aware of them. Your healthcare provider is directly responsible for supplying you with the information you need about infection-control procedures in the home.


Preventing Infection in Your Home

Those procedures should cover such topics as hand hygiene, the proper cleaning and disinfection of equipment, and the safe storage of cleaned and disinfected devices.

Now, among the many products that are currently recommended for the home disinfection of reusable objects are bleach, alcohol, and hydrogen peroxide. But that might not be enough. By using one product that disinfects and kills all bacteria, you can ensure your safety and protection. And believe it or not ,Sterifab takes care of this. Sure, it can be tough to maintain home medical equipment to the same standards that are upheld in hospitals, but if you use the same disinfectant product as them - you can come close! And to protect your health - and that of your loved one - every effort should be made to clean and disinfect the home medical equipment in use.


One important point here: Rented medical equipment should be painstakingly cleaned before it is disinfected. Before you start cleaning you should examine the equipment’s surfaces for cracks or breaks that might lessen the effectiveness of either the cleaning or disinfection process. As you clean, make sure that you get into all the crevices, serrations, joints, and lumens of instruments, devices, or equipment. If, at any point, you discover that the patient is suffering from scabies bites, or you suspect that the equipment itself is host to bed mites, then you need to act immediately to eliminate the threat.

(Learn more on how to get rid of scabies and