What are the ToxCO Infection Control Guidelines?
For Bedfont ToxCO Monitor
Before using any of the above equipment, the operating manual should be read and fully understood.
Washing hands before and after testing is highly recommended for both operator and user as part of a sensible infection control regime.
The ToxCO monitors are integrated with SteriTouch antimicrobial technology for improved infection control.
The monitors can use either a SteriBreath mouthpiece that connects to the monitor via a D-piece or a OneBreath mouthpiece that connects directly to the monitor. Both the SteriBreath and OneBreath mouthpieces are single-use only as re-use can increase the risk of cross-infection.
The D-piece and OneBreath both contain a one-way valve to prevent patients drawing air back from the monitor. An integrated infection control filter removes and traps >99% of airborne bacteria and >97% of viruses.
Bedfont recommends that the D-piece is replaced every 30 days or if visibly soiled. The D-piece cannot be sterilised as this process may affect the positioning of the valve. It is possible that saliva can build up inside the D-piece if they are not replaced regularly, which may over time affect the valve and efficacy of the filter material.
The OneBreath is a single-use bacterial filter mouthpiece and should be replaced after every patient. The OneBreath cannot be sterilised as this process may affect the positioning of the valve. Re-use of the OneBreath can increase the risk of cross-infection.
It is preferable that, where possible, the user attaches their own SteriBreath mouthpiece to the D-piece before the breath test, and detaches and disposes of it once the test is complete. It is preferable that the user attaches their own OneBreath mouthpiece to the monitor before the breath test, and detaches and disposes of it once the test is complete. Whilst the user is exhaling, the operator should avoid positioning themselves in front of the exhaust port of the instrument.
If the problem persists or has not been resolved by the information provided above, please contact Bedfont or your local distributor for more advice.