Embedding Tidiness into Existing Layouts

Notwithstanding the fact that the most important aspect of an efficient sluice room is its layout, once constructed it takes a lot of money and of course the will to change the layout of a sluice room in an institution and so it is vital that you make the most of what you have got and adopt a best practice guide to ensure that the room is kept clean and tidy despite any misgivings you may have over the optimal layout of the sluice room.

Easily the most important way in which sluice room tidiness can be achieved is by ensuring that the clean and soiled areas are kept far apart and that the areas for hospital sluice room equipment, including sluice machines such as hospital macerators as well as supplies like the macerator disinfectant are kept sparkling clean and away from soiled sheets (until of course they are being placed inside the machines) and any rubbish.

Of course, none of this happens in isolation of rotas and staff duties and so ensuring that on any given day, with any given combination of employees everyone understands their role and there is always someone responsible for ensuring that the room is kept clean and tidy is of huge importance.

Making sure that bins are emptied when at the correct levels is vital for both tidiness and cleanliness in sluice rooms. The NHS Standard Infection Control Precautions are specific regarding how often bins should be emptied; waste bags should be no more than ¾ full or more than 4kgs in weight before they’re removed.

Proper sluice room signage is imperative for encouraging staff to keep good habits. Always ensuring that supplies are kept well-stocked and empties are removed and disposed of appropriately as well as ensuring that equipment is looked after and kept clean will lead to good habits and as they say tidiness breeds tidiness.