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Sluice Room Design

Whilst sluice room design needs an approach that will be specific to the needs of an individual hospital and its associated regulations, there are some core elements that can help to ensure clean and effective disposal of human waste in order to reduce the risk of cross-contamination. The ideal layout of a sluice room will take into account the following factors:

  • The location of the sluice room should be close to patient areas to reduce the risk of spillages and aid optimal work efficiency whilst making the best use of unwanted space
  • A safe, clean and efficient work flow. This ensures that anyone entering the sluice room should ultimately exit clean. Equipment should be grouped into dirty and then clean areas to deliver this optimal work flow
  • A soiled area that can act as a temporary collection point for unclean items. This may include items such as a slop hopper for cleaning of mops and buckets if segregation is not possible
  • Hand washing facilities that are located so that hands are easily washed before disinfected items are touched and also before exiting the sluice room. This should include sinks deep enough to avoid contamination risks due to splashing
  • A temporary storage area for clean and disinfected items
  • Fixtures – such as an extractor fan to eliminate odours, sealed floor covering, aseptic laminate walls, fire doors Fittings – these need to include the disinfection/ disposal technology that has been chose ie Washer disinfector and/or macerator. Also, a wall mounted rack, stainless steel handwash basin, paper towel dispenser, pedal bin, clinical waste bin, storage cupboards etc.