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How you can implement medical cleaning practices

25 Jun 2020 8:26 PM | Vincent Supernor

You or your cleaning company can implement medical cleaning practices into other residential and commercial cleaning situations by assuming that all surfaces are a potential exposure. By wearing the same required PPE (personal Protective Equipment) that is recommenced to clean and disinfect hospitals. Wearing a gown, gloves, eye protection will help minimize the risk of you getting an exposure.

If you are a cleaning crew for a hotel then you should use the same procedure that hospital use for linen cleaning. Put on PPE , gather loose linen and place it in a linen hamper or bag. remove pillow cases slowly, take the linen off the bed by folding the linen from the corners of the bed onto its self. try not to shake or agitate bedding as it will cause germs to be release in the air (airborne). Place all linen in a bag and place at the doorway or trash. Handling linen can be a potential for exposure to OPIM (Other Potentially Infectious Materials) semen, vaginal secretions or any other human body fluid that is visibly contaminated with blood. When you go from room to room to clean make sure you change your PPE every time you switch rooms to help prevent cross contamination. Make sure that you are using EPA approved disinfectants.

Hepatitis B virus can live and survive on surfaces for one week. If your company uses the same standards as the healthcare standards for cleaning and disinfecting then you are going above and beyond in order to help stop the spread of infection. Make sure that all high touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected (light switches, TV remotes, toilets, door knobs, sinks, etc.) Especially in this time with COVID-19 it is important to make sure that everything that comes in contact with a human being is cleaned and disinfected to the best of your ability.

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