Person wearing PPE.
Step Three - Enhanced Facility Disinfection Program
Proper Infection Control Procedures

Strategic work plans are translated to into a detailed execution processes.

Extensive infection control is achieved through integration of:

  • CDC-recommended procedures
  • EPA-approved disinfectants
  • FDA-registered hand hygiene products
 

Precautions and Cleaning Procedures

Precautions

Refer to the facility’s exposure plan for specific details. Always assume anything you are cleaning may be infectious and practice universal precautions when working in the operating zone:

  • Never eat, drink, smoke, or apply lip balm
  • Never compress trash bags
  • Avoid splashing or splattering when cleaning up spills
  • Never re-use a sponge or towel used for cleaning in these areas
  • Use tongs when picking up sharp objects
  • Always dispose of your gloves and other equipment in a properly labeled container
  • Thoroughly wash your hands
  • Always clean and disinfect containers and cleaning equipment after use

Proper Cleaning and Disinfecting Procedures

  • Don PPE
  • Prepare equipment and chemical
  • Outline cleaning and disinfecting path(s) and follow procedures for each surface

Hard (Non-Porous) Surfaces

Titan Sprayer Toilet

  • Read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions for all cleaning and disinfection products, especially with regard to concentration, application method, contact time, etc.
  • The CDC recommends pre-cleaning surfaces before applying disinfectant.
  • Apply solution of properly diluted (if applicable) disinfectant with a sponge, brush, cloth, mop, auto scrubber, mechanical spray device, coarse pump or trigger spray device. For spray applications, spray 6–8 inches from surface. Do not breathe spray.
  • Treated surfaces must remain wet for the required time period as noted on the disinfectant label.
  • Allow to air dry or wipe surface with a clean cloth or towel. If disinfecting a floor, pick up excess solution with auto scrubber, vacuum, or mop. Always clean out equipment and allow to air dry after disinfecting.
  • Prepare a fresh solution daily or when solution becomes visibly dirty.

Soft (Porous) Surfaces

No disinfectant can claim to disinfect soft surfaces. You may, however, sanitize with an EPA-registered soft surface sanitizer according to label directions.

  • Remove visible contamination if present and clean with appropriate cleaners indicated for use on these surfaces before applying disinfectant OR laundering
  • Applying disinfectant:
    • Mix Betco TriForce Disinfectant at a dilution rate of ½ ounce per gallon of water. Apply solution with a sprayer 6–8 inches from the surface and spray until the fabric is wet.
    • The fabric must remain wet for 5 minutes.
    • Allow fabric to air dry.
  • Laundering:
    • If items can be laundered, launder them in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions using the warmest appropriate water setting.
    • Dry items completely.
    • In order to minimize the possibility of dispersing germs through the air, do not shake dirty laundry.
    • Clean and disinfect hampers or other carts for transporting laundry according to guidance above for hard or soft surfaces.

Carpet Sprayer Disinfection

 

Floor Care Disinfectant

FastDraw Stealth

Recommended for use on VCT, LVT, or other non-porous coated floor types.

  • Use an EPA registered disinfectant from EPA List N
  • Use the correct dilution ratio as per manufacturer’s directions.
  • Apply the disinfectant solution to the floor with an automatic scrubber or mop and bucket.  WAIT the appropriate time as directed by the disinfectant label.
  • AFTER prescribed dwell time, pick up excess solution with automatic scrubber, vacuum or mop and dispose of used solution.
  • Clean out your automatic scrubber or mop bucket and let it air dry after disinfecting the floor.

Disposal of Infectious Materials

Blood and other body fluids, cleaning materials, and clothing must be autoclaved and disposed of according to federal, state, and local regulations for infectious waste disposal.

Must remove protective clothing (PPE) before leaving the room; and dispose of it in an appropriately designated area or container for storage, washing, decontamination, or disposal. Please use your facility procedure and standards.

Blood Hazardous

Clean Hands Save Lives

Washing Hands

Keeping hands clean is one of the most important steps we can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others.

  • 80% of all infections are transmitted by hands
  • Hand washing can reduce the risk of respiratory infections by 20%

Hands are the most exposed part of the body to germs. Touching the eyes, mouth, nose or food transfers the germs into the body. Common ways germs are spread:

  • Hands to food
  • Food to hands to food
  • Infected child to hands to other children
  • Animals to people
 

 

Hand Hygiene Steps

Hand Washing Steps

  1. Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
  2. Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
  3. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
  4. Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
  5. Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.

Hand Sanitizer Steps

  • Apply the gel or foam product to the palm of one hand (read the label to learn the correct amount).

  • Rub your hands together.

  • Rub the gel over all the surfaces of your hands and fingers until your hands are dry. This should take around 8 seconds.


Implementing a successful program

Gaining commitment, educating, creating a roadmap, implementing and communicating are the 5 essential elements for a successful hand hygiene program.

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