Some domestic staff indicated that they did not visualise pathogens whilst they were cleaning.
“To be quite honest I don’t think like that. I just think about them like I need to get it clean sort of thing”. Domestic
“No I don’t think of it like that. I just think, well I need to clean this and get it cleaned and, as I say, this is a fact that it could just be a wee bit of a germ and if I cleaned it you imagine it would come back but I would keep cleaning it again”. Domestic
Other domestic staff could, however, personify how they thought of pathogens whilst cleaning a ward.
“You could say they would be quite angry because they would spread and the infection is getting to someone…so I suppose you could say they would be angry. You would need to give it a good clean to get away the germs. That’s how I see it”. Domestic
Example of pathogen models created by Domestics
Nursing Staff Members’ Responses
Nurses tended to discuss the different types of pathogens from a microbiology perspective: for instance, C.Diff, MRSA and so on. When discussing these there was a lot of reference made to colour, shapes and structures.
“Different pathogens come in, as we all know when you look at them under a microscope, all different colours and shapes and sizes.” Staff Nurse
Some nurses also demonstrated an ability to visualise the characteristics of differing types of pathogens. This is something that was expressed through the diversity of their visual creations, in addition to their verbal responses.
“I always visualise C-Diff because back to the cleaning aspect they have got this hard exterior, they have got a membrane that is really solid and so normal sort of cleaning detergents don’t break it down so when I visualise C-Diff I can almost see them like a they have got this hard coating so that’s a visualise thing you know, personally I think of them like that because it’s that’s what makes them so difficult to destroy because it’s like an impermeable barrier they have to normal cleaning agents hence that’s why they have survived for so long.” Staff nurse – Grampian
Example of pathogen models created by Nurses