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Laundry: All clothing items, soft furnishings and linen used by the affected person 72 hours prior to treatment are to be washed in a hot water cycle or hot tumble dried to kill the mites. Any items that are unable to be laundered or hot-tumble-dried should be sealed in a plastic bag for 72 hours.

It’s important to stay home, away from work, school or childcare, until 48 hours after the last episode of vomiting or diarrhoea.

During an outbreak, the cleaning frequency will need to be increased, and the efficacy of cleaning will need to be monitored on an ongoing basis.

Only approved chemicals should be used, in accordance with facility cleaning protocols. Neutral detergent and hospital-grade disinfectant should be readily available. Sodium hypochlorite may also need to be used but must be utilised according to guidelines.

Detergent and disinfectant wipes must also be made available.

Isolation rooms should be cleaned with identifiable colour-coded cleaning equipment for higher-risk areas.

Cleaning schedules should incorporate the frequent cleaning of frequently touched environmental surfaces such as door handles, taps, handrails, technical aids, buzzers and other switches and devices.

Cleaning equipment, such as clothes, should preferably be disposable. Reusable equipment is to be cleaned and laundered according to required laundry standards.

Limited essential equipment and furniture should be placed within the affected room/s or area/s during an outbreak. Special consideration should be made for the appropriate cleaning of soft furnishings and carpets (see Section D for more detailed information).

Ideally, separate cleaning staff should be allocated to cleaning affected rooms/areas. If this is impracticable, then rooms of non-affected residents should be cleaned first, and then isolation rooms should be attended to. PPE must be worn by cleaning staff when cleaning isolation rooms during an outbreak.

Once the outbreak has been deemed to be cleared, terminal cleaning should be completed for all affected areas.

Staff assigned to cleaning duties should not have access to the kitchen during an outbreak.

Follow your outbreak management plan.

Each facility should have an outbreak management plan that clearly outlines what to do and who to contact if an outbreak is identified.

As each facility may be unique due to variations in organisational structure and environment, it is important that each facility develops its own outbreak management plan.

In the first instance, inform the charge nurse or equivalent of the outbreak and follow the outbreak management plan.

Outbreak management control measures are to be implemented in consultation with the outbreak coordinator/management team, infection prevention personnel and notification advice from local public health authorities.

Yes, we have a wide variety of tools and resources to assist and an IP expert for advice and consultation.

Yes, we can assist in reviewing your current IPC policies and procedures.

Yes, we have a 5 module course with a certificate of attendance that you are able to complete in your own time. As part of the course, you can access educational resources to educate the team.