Hôpital Montfort in Ottawa, Ontario is an innovative hospital that is eager in exploring new technologies and systems to improve the health and safety of everyone in their facility. In 2017, CleanSlate UV and Hôpital Montfort began a partnership for a device disinfection compliance program. The program involved testing RFID technology to track which mobile devices were being sanitized by the CleanSlate. Hôpital Montfort was gracious enough to offer help to CleanSlate UV with this project, which kickstarted a fruitful long-term partnership.
“When we first deployed a CleanSlate sanitizer as a pilot project in 2018, our staff was impressed at how well the unit fit into their daily routine. The machine is quick, easy to use and effective in preventing bacteria from spreading on their mobile devices, therefore increasing patient and staff safety, and ultimately the safety of their loved ones at home as well. When we later moved it to the main entrance of the hospital, we received the same positive feedback from patients and visitors who walked through our doors knowing we were taking the extra step to keep them and their loved ones safe”, said Karbet Djedouboum, Manager, Infection Prevention, at Hôpital Montfort.
Today, the partnership has expanded with a goal of keeping staff, patients and visitors safe from harmful bacteria. The partnership began with 1 CleanSlate unit 4 years ago but has now expanded to another 10 units with the latest IoT technology, deployed at the end of December 2021.
Djedouboum further stated, “We are happy to now deploy 10 additional CleanSlate sanitizers throughout the hospital and in the new Orléans Health Hub for both staff, patient and visitor use. We are also looking forward to being able to monitor our sanitization activity in real time and harness this data to further improve infection prevention at both locations. The CleanSlate UV team has always been supportive and helpful; we’re excited to continue our partnership.”
This [CleanSlate UV] machine is quick, easy to use and effective in preventing bacteria from spreading on their mobile devices, therefore increasing patient and staff safety, and ultimately the safety of their loved ones at home as well.
The CleanSlate UV team has always been supportive and helpful; we’re excited to continue our partnership.
Montfort has taken initiative to make the CleanSlate UV sanitizer accessible to everyone in their facility. From emergency rooms to entrance doors, all of Montfort’s CleanSlates are public facing, making the sanitization devices accessible to not only hospital staff but also hospital visitors and patients. Making this decision goes to show how Hôpital Montfort includes visitor wellbeing as a top priority in their facility.
Through pilot testing, Montfort experimented with different locations for the CleanSlate device. Placing the device in locations with high customer traffic, like the coffee shop, saw high usage numbers, as compared to the front entrance. Montfort used strategic placement to increase their CleanSlate usage numbers. Moving the CleanSlate to the coffee shop rather than the front entrance made the device more convenient and accessible because people were often waiting in line or for their coffee. This experimentation reinforces the importance of CleanSlate location and placement.
In addition to placement, CleanSlate UV expects to see an increase in hand hygiene usage with the deployment of CleanSlates, as experienced at other facilities like Mackenzie Health. With the CleanSlate disinfection cycle being 20 seconds, this is just enough time for the user to clean their hands while waiting for their device to be sanitized. Infection preventionists at Hôpital Montfort have made it a requirement to include a hand sanitizer next to every CleanSlate in the facility. In having this process, Montfort can show how CleanSlate is a quick and easy way for the public to increase hand hygiene compliance.
The hospital has also jumped to trialing CleanCloud, the software data management tool that allows users to monitor CleanSlate usage, trends, and more. This has been a tool critical in their success and is soon to be fully integrated into the facility.
Hôpital Montfort continues to be a loyal partner with CleanSlate UV. With their innovative ideas and eager mindset, Montfort has been a key player in many CleanSlate trials and experimentation, with the ultimate goal of giving hospital patients and visitors the safest experience.
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