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Best Practices for Effective Surface Disinfection

by | Jun 10, 2021 | Medical & Veterinary Equipment Blog

Here at Georgian Anesthesia and Medical Corp., we want to help you do what’s best for your medical facility and the patients you serve. No matter what field of medicine you work in, one thing that you’ll always need to do is keep your facility absolutely clean and sanitary. To do this, you’ll need an effective surface disinfection routine. In this article, our team will go over some best practices for surface disinfection to help you keep your facility as safe as possible for your team and your patients.

  • Use the Right Products- One key to effective surface disinfection is to use the right cleaning products. We recommend using bleach- or hydrogen peroxide-based products to treat high- and intermediate-level disinfection areas, as these chemicals are effective against a wide variety of microorganisms, while low-level disinfection areas can be treated with a gentler, quaternary disinfectant cleaner.
  • Make Sure to Clean Frequently- Another key to effective surface disinfection is to clean with the right frequency. For example, patient rooms, bathrooms, and medication prep rooms, among other intermediate-level disinfection areas, should be cleaned at least once a day. If a surface has become visibly soiled, or came into contact with blood, diarrhea, vomit, or other bodily fluids, it should be cleaned immediately following the incident.
  • Make Sure Your Staff are Responsible- A third key to effective surface disinfection is to assign the responsibility of keeping everything clean to specific individuals–the last thing you want is to assume that everyone is pitching into this vital task only to find out that no one actually fulfilled this responsibility because it wasn’t their specific job. Of course, everyone should be vigilant about cleanliness and be prepared to take on cleaning tasks when necessary but having at least one or two people assigned to this job specifically is a great way to ensure that the disinfection gets done.