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    Cleaning supplies and equipment

    Germs from a patient may be found on any object that was used during the patient's care. Some germs can live for 5 months on a dry surface.

    The word disinfect means to clean something to destroy germs. Disinfectants are the cleaning solutions that are used to disinfect.Disinfecting supplies and equipment helps prevent the spread of germs.

    Your workplace has policies about how to clean supplies and equipment.

    Disinfecting Supplies and Equipment

    Start with wearing the right equipment. This will include gloves, and you might need to wear a gown, shoe covers, and a mask.

    • Your workplace will have a policy or guidelines about what to wear.
    • Always wash your hands after you take off your gloves.

    Catheters or tubes that go into blood vessels are either:

    • Used only one time and then thrown away, OR
    • Sterilized so they can be used again

    Clean reusable supplies, such as tubes like endoscopes, with an approved cleaning solution and procedure before they are used again.

    Equipment that touches only healthy skin, such as blood pressure cuffs and stethoscopes:

    • Should NOT be used on one patient and then another patient
    • Can be cleaned with a light or medium-level cleaning solution between uses with a different patient

    Use cleaning solutions approved by your workplace. Choosing the correct one is based on:

    • The type of equipment and supplies you are cleaning
    • The type of germs you are destroying

    Read and follow directions for each solution carefully. You may need to allow the disinfectant to dry on the equipment for a set period of time before rinsing it off.

    References

    Rutala WA, Weber DJ, Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Guideline for disinfection and sterilization in healthcare facilities. 2008.

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