Time to Talk about Sterilization of Cups

With the coronavirus, being all over the news and affecting all healthcare practices, we have got a perfect time to talk about cleaning and sterilizing of suction cups in your regular practice. This article will cover how to clean and disinfect cups to remove microorganisms, bacteria and other blood borne pathogens.

Cups generally fall under the category of Semi-Critical Medical Devices/equipment that sometimes comes in contact with mucous membranes or non-intact skin. For this reason, high level disinfection is needed. Reprocessing of such suction cups involves meticulous cleaning followed at a minimum high level disinfection. While this process sounds difficult, it is quite easy. The process includes wash, disinfect, rinse and dry.

Best Practices for Disinfecting your Cups

Regardless of the type of cup that we are using, here are some safety health standards that should be followed when we clean and disinfect cups.

Soak and wash cups: When finished with the cupping session, soak your cups in warm soap water and detergent, with some sort of mechanical force. Let them submerge for around 30 minutes so that all the organic matters like sweat, oil, hair, creams etc. will be removed from the cups.

Rinse: A thorough rinsing is required to just remove all the soap agent and soil from the suction cups and ensure thorough cleanliness is done. Depending upon the quality of the water supply, the final rinsing may require de-ionized or distilled water.

Dry: At this stage, we just need to drain off the cups by removing excess water, so that all the massage cups and corresponding equipment will be completely dry and kept for storing or will be re-used on the next client.

Disinfect: There are many high level disinfectants. Some of them include 0.2% peracetic acid, 0.55% ortho-phthalaldehyde, 7.5% hydrogen peroxide, 2% glutaraldehyde and 2 to 7% improved action formulation hydrogen peroxide.

Of these, 7.5% hydrogen peroxide is the most environmental friendly chemical disinfectant and is also bank-friendly. This chemical breaks down into oxygen and water, easily disposable and does not smell. The suction cups must be left to soak in H2O2 for about 30 minutes to achieve high level disinfection. This is called contact time and if you have decided to use another high level disinfectant, please refer the label for the appropriate contact time.

Storage recommendations: Suction cups have to be kept in a cool, dry and closed container free of dust and protected against ozone and air draught. Also, these cups should be free from any tension and mechanical stress. Mechanical stress and exposure to light, oxygen, ozone, heat and moisture can shorten the lifetime of massage cups or can cause a deformation of these cups. Hence, small boxes and appropriate stacking with low loading height containers are recommended.

Safety measures: It is important to remember that these disinfectants, no matter whatever be the chemical, it is recommended to wear protective equipment like goggles, gloves and sometimes an apron when handling with disinfectant chemicals.

At Halina Cupping Therapy Clinic, we follow the above best practices to ensure hygiene and safety for our clients.

Post-lockdown: Safety & Hygiene protocol in our Clinic!

Precaution to curb the spread of COVID-19, our government requested all the shops and lifestyle service centers to close the shutters since March, 2020.

With the exception of shopping malls and entertainment outlets where large crowds are likely to congregate, our government has now given permission for other businesses to resume back.

We, at Halina Cupping Clinic has re-opened with enhanced hygienic and safety protocols.

So what kind of changes could you notice on your next visit?

At Halina Cupping Clinic, safety and hygiene will be our top priority. Work station, equipment, towels and all private rooms will be thoroughly and regularly disinfected before and after every service.

Safe distancing measure: Seating within the clinic will be spread out.

Enhanced protection: Therapists and customers will have to sanitize their hands regularly. Temperature screening for both staffs and customers will be done. Magazines and books will be removed from waiting areas to minimize the potential for infection of the customers.

We will continue to uphold our high clinical and sanitation standards and ensure that our customers are in safe hands.

To be secure and avoid crowding, our customers are encouraged to ring ahead or book today!