|Posted by propertyglo on May 1, 2013 at 3:20 PM|
Almost every large Janitorial Service, and small Mom and Pop operation are going after Medical Office Cleaning and Dental Office Cleaning. While there is a tremendous amount of money that can be earned in cleaning these type of accounts, it is important to understand how to properly and professionally clean Medical Offices. If you are looking for a service to clean your medical office, or if you are wanting to know how to clean your medical office yourself, it is imperitive to know a few things about the science of cleaning Medical Offices. You should also have the correct chemicals, PPE (Personal Protection Equipment) before you get started.
First, talk to you healthcare provider about the series hepatitis B Vaccines, and any other vaccines you may need. Explain to them that you will be cleaning Medical Office Clinics where bloodbourne and airbourne pathogens may be present. You may also want to get the flu shots. I will leave the rest for you to discuss with your doctor, as this is really out of my field of expertise.
Before you pick up the Lysol, and bleach, lets talk about the proper type of chemicals that you should use. You should chemicals that are hospital grade only. You should also understand that you need chemicals that will disinfect and elliminate bloodbourne as well as airbourne pathogens. Your local Janitorial Supplier should have these products. I personally use a germicidal, terbucidal, disenfectant from Spartan Chemical Company, but there are many great products out there. Read the label, as you will find various pathogens that the product will kill. The one I use KILLS HIV-1, HIV-2, HBV, AND HCV ON PRE-CLEANED ENVIRONMENTAL SURFACES/OBJECTS PREVIOUSLY SOILED WITH BLOOD/BODY FLUIDS. It is also known as a Bactericidal, Fungicidal, Virucidal disinfectant. This means that if used properly, it cleans and kills germs associated with all sorts of pathogens. It is also very important that you dillute the product as recommended on the MSD Sheet/label. You should also let the product have the recommended contact time. For the Spartan Chemical that I use, it has a 10 minute contact time.
Now after you gather the rest of your cleaning supplies, it is time to go to work. I usually focus on the exam rooms first. Always remember that you will clean from top to bottom. First, put on your gloves and any other PPE that may be necessary. Dust high surfaces removing any cobwebbs, etc., and replace the can liners. Next, you should spray down all surface areas, including the exam bed with your disinfectant cleaner. Then after the contact time has expired (for me 10 minutes) you are ready to wipe down the surface. Using a clean microfiber rag, wipe down the countertops, chairs, stools, benches, containers, and other other items. Then wipe down and clean your sink. Finally, you should wipe down the exam bed. Always, wipe down the bed last, as you dont want to take a chance on contaminating (cross contamination) other surfaces with any pathogens that may be present on the exam bed. When wiping down the exam bed, you should wipe down any drawers, handles, front, sides, etc first and then wipe down the surface of the bed. After everthing is cleaned, replace the wax exam paper. Your rag should now be placed in a bag and not used in any other room as you could cross contaminate and spread germs from one room to the another. Remove your gloves and wear clean gloves for every exam room you clean.
When mopping the floors in the exam room, it is imperative that you do not spread pathogens from the exam room into the hallway, or another exam room, or office. It is best use a flat mop no dipping system. You can get one through http://www.creativeidea.net/ but there are others. While leaving your other items in the hallway, use a clean flat mop mopping the entire exam room. When you are finished, remove the flat mop and place in a plastic bag with your other contaminated linens. Do not use the same flat mop in another exam room or office as you could possible make other people and employees sick by cross contaminating the area.
The rest of the offices where bloodbourne pathogens may not be present can be cleaned with normal cleaning procedures. While this is not inclusive, I would like the input from some of you detailing your ideas as to the best way to clean a medical office exam area.