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Infection Control

Removing Blood Spots

September 19, 2010
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Editor''s note:

When cleaning in sensitive environments such as hospitals or other medical facilities, it is important to perform thorough detail cleaning.

Failing to clean bodily fluids, for example, could lead to the transmission of germs, bacteria and infectious diseases to otherwise unaffected patients.

A recent discussion on the CM/Cleaning & Maintenance Management Online™ Bulletin Board served as an open forum to discuss the ideal way to detect and remove blood spots on reddish-purple painted walls.

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Brad Stuckert

I clean a Hemo Dialysis Unit that is very labor-intensive.

One of the things that are hard to see all the time are the little blood spots on walls that are burgundy in color.

Is there such thing as a black light to help find these spots?

I thought I have seen one in the products and services section of Cleaning & Maintenance Management magazine before.

Any one ever use one or know what I should consider?


Matthew Stowe

I have seen these lights sold by any number of JanSan distributors.

I cannot believe they would paint the walls burgundy.

Does that make your job harder?

What are you using to clean the walls?

Are they requiring daily frequency on wall cleaning?

What are the nurses/technicians responsible for in regards to cleaning?

Brad Stuckert

We clean it seven days a week and the nurses don''t do anything — literally.

So, if we miss a spot here and there, we get gigged.

We use Rejuvinal, a Hillyard Inc. product, because it is approved by the hospital.

So, I am looking for an extra tool to help spot these.

Melissa Jent

This is going to sound funny, but they have a kit at PetSmart to find cat urine; it includes a black light.

It works basically with any fluid: Blood, semen, urine, etc.

It''s not costly … about $15.

Matthew Stowe

Is this just a painted surface?

We do a lot of terminal cleaning in facilities like this and we use wall cleaners and quaternary disinfectants.

With the right tools, this can be a very fast job.

Erick Albertson

Also, what works good are the flat microfiber mops.

You can use one to scrub the walls and another to dry them down.

Terry Zastrow

Actually, It won''t matter what color the walls are with a black light.

We did a bio-hazard remediation job recently and the walls were burgundy — or dark purple — but it was no problem for detection.

I think that you pay more attention and actually look closer at the surface when the wall is not white.

Matthew Stowe

Bingo on the microfiber mops.

Brad Stuckert

Thanks for all the responses.

I did go to PetSmart and it does help to see the tiny little droplets.

Overall, if the nurses would lend a hand, it would be easier; but, we all know that isn''t going to happen.

I am looking into microfiber mops as well. Thanks.

Shawn McIntosh

Microfiber is the way to go, hands down.

But, you need to make sure you''re not dipping the mops and causing cross-contamination.

And, you don''t dry the wall — you let it air dry to get the maximum kill time on your disinfectants.

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