Updated: Sep 28, 2022
Whether in a doctor's office or a hospital, clinical examination rooms are frequently utilized and are a vital area for germs and harmful bacteria. The affected person can be a toddler with a sprained wrist or an aged man or woman with headaches from the flu. No matter who the affected person is, they do not need to leave the medical facility with new medical issues after they arrive.
Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) are ailments humans get after being treated at a medical facility. HAIs are blamed for tens of thousands of deaths and are a financial detriment to the American healthcare system. Infection prevention must be a key priority to keep patients and staff safe and to protect your business. Are custodians must comply with a thorough exam room cleaning checklist.
Remove Soiled Linens
A gown, sheet, or blanket utilized by a sick man or woman may harbor anything from the flu virus to MRSA and may be contagious. Carefully roll affected person linens to avoid exposing microorganisms into the air or contaminating different surfaces in the room. Place linens immediately into a hamper or bag for laundry services.
Clean Up Fluids
Vomit, blood, urine, and different physical fluids must be wiped up immediately, and the area thoroughly wiped clean with EPA-registered disinfectants. Spot clean partitions that could have been contaminated.
Disinfect Medical Equipment
Patients will spend most of their appointment sitting or lying on the exam table. Remove and discard any paper liner that’s covering the patient exam table. Wipe the entire surface with a disinfecting wipe and allow it to dry. Cover the table with a new disposable liner.
Use sanitizing wipes to clean any equipment that may have been used on the patient, including blood pressure cuffs, otoscope, or forehead thermometer.
Wipe Down Surfaces
Disinfect counters, sinks, chairs, door handles, light switches, computer keyboards, and any other surfaces in the room. Common illnesses, such as colds or the flu, can be spread through touching or coughing. Viruses and germs may remain infectious for several hours. Properly cleaning high-touch surfaces will help stop the spread of infectious illnesses.
Sweep and Mop Floor
Exam room floors can also become incubators for germs and bacteria. Doctors, nurses, and patients can bring in germs on the bottoms of their shoes. A person who is coughing and sick with the flu also can spread the virus around the exam room. Coughing and sneezing can easily contaminate multiple surfaces, including the floor. Sweep and mop the floor with disinfecting cleaner. Allow to dry.
After cleaning the room, wash hands thoroughly to prevent cross-contamination between the exam room and other parts of the medical facility. All office staff should be educated in basic procedures for preventing the spread of germs and bacteria.
Busy doctors’ offices and other medical facilities want to keep their patients and staff safe by following thorough cleaning procedures on the exam room cleaning checklist after each patient. A professional cleaning service, such as Horizon Services, has hospital-grade products that will kill the germs lurking in your medical facility, and keep killing them for a week! The electrostatic spraying service is a weekly service that kills dangerous microorganisms including norovirus, influenza, MRSA, streptococcus, and more.
After all, people come to your office to get better, not to get sicker. And if a staff member gets sick, it can affect office productivity. Contact us for more information about Horizon Services’ health and hygiene services.