Our approach for the disinfection of medical devices

Test Labs pioneers in its approach to medical device and infection prevention research. We’ve streamlined our focus to encapsulate our extensive combined experience and knowledge of vectors of transmission, microbiology and materials. We’ve seen the impact misguided infection control can have on hospital acquired infections and the pressures on healthcare staff globally. It’s our commitment to work with medical device manufacturers to research the difficult questions tying product management and disinfection compatibility together.

Ultimately medical equipment and patient devices are at risk from contamination, becoming a vector of transmission, and each manufacturer occupies a percentage of surfaces within a hospital or treatment space; this means there’s an opportunity for product manufacturers to exceed standards and ensure they’ve done as much as possible to reduce the risk of infection transmission, aligning with IPC guidance, and reducing hospital acquired infections.

Vectors of transmission

Surface

Microorganisms can survive on a variety of surfaces, and for prolonged periods of time. Through touching a contaminated surface, viruses and bacteria can be transmitted.

Water

Water provides an environmental reservoir for many microorganisms including Legionella pneumophilia, the causative agent of Legionnaire’s disease. Transmission occurs via ingestion of contaminated water.

Air

Transmission of infection can be airborne, in which tiny particles of an infectious agent are carried by dust or droplets in the air and inhaled into the lungs.

People

People provide two forms of reservoir in which a pathogen may live, flourish and multiply: as acute clinical cases or as carriers. Both present a risk of transmission to others.

How Test Labs works

Test Labs have a unique knowledge of infection prevention and control strategies which underpins all the research we carry out. With our guidance and results, your medical product cleaning processes and instructions will be harmonious with IPC advice, or your product development can incorporate analysis from compatibility testing to ensure appropriate materials are used, ensuring product longevity and seamless integration into a healthcare environment.

Test Labs take your difficult question and strip down the complexities into chunks of research and analysis. We take the time to understand your goals and product use to design a study plan. This is presented to you against key measurable outcomes and a set timeline, followed by a project proposal. With your agreement to the study plan and proposal, we’ll commence the outlined tests and produce a robust yet easy-to-understand report so the results can be absorbed at any level of your organisation.

What We Do

Compatibility testing

HALT testing, plus testing for changes in physical properties
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Efficacy testing

Testing for surface disinfectants in line with biocide regulations
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Cleaning protocols

Developing cleaning method statements and SOPs
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Get in touch

To learn more about our testing service or arrange your test, contact Test Labs on 0845 270 6690 or email info@testlabsuk.com.