First Responder Vehicles & Facilities
In times of crisis, people depend on ambulances and emergency vehicles to be clean and safe, yet they are often transmitters of bacteria and viruses that compound an already trying situation. But emergency medical systems teams are constantly faced with the challenge of preventing infection transmission.
The emergence of antimicrobial-resistant microbes (e.g., healthcare-acquired and community-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus [MRSA], vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus [VRE] and multidrug-resistant Gram-negative bacilli), along with growing concern regarding the spread of Clostridia difficile bacteria are problems facing all healthcare providers. A major challenge for EMS is the broad range of potentially transmissible infections, including the above pathogens and others that may be recognized or unrecognized when transporting patients.
In December 1991, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a standard titled “Occupational Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens.” The OSHA BBP rule applies to all persons occupationally exposed to blood and other potentially infectious materials.
According to OSHA, All equipment and environmental working surfaces must be cleaned and decontaminated with an appropriate disinfectant after contact with blood and other potentially infectious materials.”
One of the requirements under the standard is ensuring that each place of employment be kept clean and sanitary. This involves development and implementation of protocols and procedures addressing work practices for employees that include cleaning schedules and appropriate methods of decontamination and disinfection. All equipment and environmental working surfaces must be cleaned and decontaminated with an appropriate disinfectant after contact with blood and other potentially infectious materials.
In February 1997, OSHA amended its sanitization policy and stated that EPA-registered disinfectants that are labeled as effective against HIV and HBV are appropriate disinfectants, as well as EPA-registered disinfectants for bloodborne pathogens.
Level4 Bio in EMS Vehicles
Sanitary EMS vehicles play a critical role in reducing the transmission of harmful pathogens, helping to protect employees and patients alike. Level4 Bio offers a safe and effective solution for sanitizing EMS vehicles to help mitigate the risk.