What is Biosecurity?
These are procedures or measures designed to protect the population against harmful biological or biochemical substances. To maintain the health, safety and welfare of your employees, members of the public, your canine patients and owner clients, it is essential to have effective infection prevention and controls in place.
Good practice is to have an up to date infection control policy (signed and dated) and identify the procedures in place to manage your wet room/s and centre infection prevention and controls.
Remember, the canine hydrotherapy wet room is a perfect environment to culture pathogenic bacteria and protozoa.
Your professional responsibility is to ensure you do not permit a colony to grow and multiply in any body of warm water or hydrotherapy equipment, for example, hydro pools, aquatic treadmill, spas, dehumidifiers, shower heads, hoses heads etc.
How to balance your water
Good water management is a combination of knowledge, understanding and an art as it's really a mindful balancing act to consistently achieve the correct levels in the body of water water you are using to treat the dogs in your professional care.
If your FCl is too low or high, this presents dangers of unsafe water to deliver your canine hydrotherapy practice, with poor sanitisation and possible pathogenic bacteria growth.
If the pH or akalinity is too low, or calcium hardness levels are too high, there can be problems.
Other pool chemicals also must be balanced and in a certain “safe area” which is consistently maintaining an ideal range for each component of water balance that is tested.
Deep clean of the equipment needs timetabling into the diary to ensure it is done regularly and appropriately.
Solutions to balancing water
Understand the activities needed for maintaining good water quality consistently, to safely practice and deliver your canine hydrotherapy service.
Proactive care is always better than reactive approaches.
Effective and good practice includes;
- Filtration systems should be on 24/7 and not at elected times
- Backwash processes to be used pro-actively after every several dogs treated. Backwash time required is guided by waiting for the water in the monitoring valve on the side of the multiport to run clear, so is as long as is needed
- Always rinse after you perform a backwash
- Ensure all chemicals and water reagents are in date and stored, handled and used appropriately
- Only use one type of bromine or chlorine tablets in the floating dispenser, never combine tablets or brands!
- Observe good record keeping as past logs provide valuable support when problem solving
- Good water testing practice and trending charts will identify trends of water balance and parameters
- Understand your water testing equipment
- Understand where is best to hold the test tubes prior to inserting them into photometers for reading, to ensure accuracy
- Consult your line manager, pool expert, water testing experts, training providers for support
- Carry out effective biosecurity and follow your infection control policy
- Follow instructions on the chemical packaging and work out the relevant quantities for the individual size of your body of water
- Understand the needs of your clinical practice and how this impacts your body of water in relation to use of shock treatments, flocculants and deep cleaning / water changing requirements
- Plan your training and refresher courses to consolidate and expand your knowledge and understanding
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