The app was showcased at BSAVA Congress earlier this year and is now available to download for free from Google Play (for Android-based smartphones) and App Shopper (iOS smartphones).
The original online check list, which continues to be hosted on the BMF website, was devised by BMF's team of clinical advisers, including VN Louise O'Dwyer and vets Pam Mosedale, Tim Nuttall and Chris Laurence. It enables staff to rate hygiene protocols across every area of their practice, resulting in a room-by-room percentage hygiene score, as well as an overall contamination risk score.
Since its launch last year, more than 150 practices have used the simple but effective web-based tool and BMF hopes many more practices will download the app and use it regularly to check and maintain their hygiene standards.
BMF founder and infection control campaigner Jill Moss said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have teamed up with Ceva to create this new super-accessible app version of our audit tool. We've been really pleased to see uptake of the Practice Hygiene Self-Audit online, and hope more practice staff give the smartphone app a go.
“While we all know how important infection control is, sometimes it's the basics that get forgotten in a busy practice environment – but now, with our free audit app in your pocket, implementing good hygiene processes could not be easier, so there's no excuse!”
Appealing for support for the charity, which is now in its tenth year, Ms Moss added: “For the past 10 years the BMF team – staffed solely by volunteers and industry experts – has tirelessly strived to raise awareness of antimicrobial resistance and make infection control a more engaging and fathomable topic, both for the veterinary profession and the general public.
“We'd really like to encourage practices and clients to be alert to issues around infection control and responsible use of antibiotics, and BMF resources are a great place to start!”