Surface cleaning wipes always help to remove unwanted micro-organisms from the salon surfaces ... or do they?▼ Continue Reading ▼
Most practitioners would have seen our previous publication1 outlining some of the risks associated with
Salon Acquired Infections (SAI) often called Nosocomial or Hospital Acquired Infections by the healthcare community.
Antibiotic resistant micro-organisms can cause health care staff and their patients serious problems once they become established in the health care facility and eradication can be particularly challenging. Similarly Cosmetic Tattoo technicians need to be aware of the risks of contamination in the salon facility and any patient who has had a skin infection in their household the previous 6 months has a greater risk of having reservoirs of antibiotic resistant micro-organisms in their homes2.
Those who have completed our training program or attended any of our lectures would know that we have constantly advocated 'single wipe single surface' meaning that surface cleaning wipes should only ever be used on a single surface i.e. a wipe should not be used to clean one surface and then be used on subsequent surfaces. The reason for this recommendation is due to the risk of transference of micro-organisms from one surface to another on the cleaning wipe.
A recent study conducted by researchers at the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Cardiff University, Cardiff, United Kingdom3 has highlighted just how important this recommendation is.
We recommend that all technicians revisit their salon cleaning procedures and ensure that they are complying with our long standing recommendation of 'single wipe single surface' cleaning policy and that cosmetic tattoo trainers review their training programs to ensure that they are in compliance with all contemporary infection prevention practices.
Date of most recent revision:
03/06/2015 (mutatis mutandis)
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