Why don’t isolation carts include any protection for your shoes? Goodness knows what is being tracked all around the unit on everybody’s shoes.
Think about what is on that floor!
Isn’t it sufficient to wipe off your shoes with bleach wipes on exiting the room? See what some nurses are doing to protect themselves and others.
Allnurses.com says that some nurses wash their fabric, and even leather, nursing shoes in the washing machine with detergent and bleach. Then they run them through a double rinse and let them air dry.
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Another nurse reports that she changes shoes before she enters or leaves her car – using a special box for her nursing shoes – to keep from contaminating her car, home, or family. She also sprays her work shoes with disinfectant immediately after removing them.
Others mention wiping their crocks down, inside and out, with bleach wipes. And of course they run straight for the shower before touching anything or anybody at home.
Contact time matters. For the 1:10 bleach solution, a one-minute contact time is generally recommended. Contact time means the time the product remains wet in contact with the surface before it is allowed to air dry. Some bleach wipes have a 30 second contact time for some types of bacteria – but 3 minutes for C. diff. So check the label to be sure.
In the research, sites also mentioned high concentration of pathogens on nurses’ cell phones – and on their hands after they have used their cell phones. Gotta remember that contact time for phones too. OVI Waterproof Shockproof Gel Touch Screen Case Cover For Apple iPhone 5C + Free OVI Touch Pen
In this forum some say they machine wash their crocks and clogs. But almost nobody runs their shoes through the dryer. They just air dry them by setting them outside or on top of the dryer.
AllNurse.com also points out that Clorox type bleach is effective at killing bacteria. Color-safe bleach is not. The typically recognized kill ratio is one part bleach to 10 parts water.
Mail.com recommends using a washing temperature of 140 degrees F to kill fecal germs.
Most sites also recommend running your washer through a cycle empty – with hot water detergent and bleach, after washing contaminated articles, to wash any residual germs from the washing machine. C. diff spores can remain viable on surfaces for many months if not killed.
So – pretty basic. But it is a good reminder to never let your guard down.
Staying well is a whole lot more fun than getting well!