Healthcare Industry Case Studies

Why the Healthcare Industry needs Spill Absorbents

It’s not unusual for healthcare providers and support staff, including janitors, to be exposed to bodily fluids every day, like urine, blood, vomit, and stool, that may contain infectious viruses. Products that quickly and safely halt and absorb such spills and leaks literally save lives.

It’s also important to thoroughly clean liquid medication spills, which can be as benign as sodium chloride provided intravenously to treat dehydration or toxic agents like Doxorubicin (adriamycin). This is a powerful cancer drug administered through IV that can cause rashes upon skin contact.

Labs, including research labs, have a lot of infectious and toxic liquids that can be just as dangerous as flammable liquids used in manufacturing if they leak or are spilled.

The Benefits of Spill Absorbents for the Healthcare Industry

Spill absorbents have always been used in healthcare, if nothing else than to mop up after bodily fluids resulting from accidents, surgeries, and certain treatments. It really wasn’t until HIV was identified as an infectious agent that much attention was paid to preventing exposure to bodily fluids, and identifying ways to quickly and safely clean and dispose of them.

HIV is not the only transmittable virus that healthcare personnel may be exposed to. All forms of hepatitis are highly infectious, and the rise of antibiotic-resistant MRSA is another concern, particularly in hospitals. Personnel who work in an emergency crisis like ebola, including those who remove bodies of deceased patients and provide interment services, face the greatest unknowns in terms of treatment if they are exposed.

It’s hard to think of another time when fast, safe, and thorough absorbents have been more urgent for healthcare workers to keep nearby.

Finally, healthcare facilities are busy places where spills must be quickly cleaned to prevent falls and remove unsightly messes.

Common Types of Spills

  • Blood
  • Urine
  • Vomit
  • Faeces
  • Medications