Surgery Centers – Terminal Cleaning

Terminal cleaning is the act of disinfecting all detachable parts in a patient care room. Terminal cleaning includes removal, disinfection, and reattachment of all such items.

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Surgery Centers – Terminal Cleaning

Terminal cleaning is the act of disinfecting all detachable parts in a patient care room. Terminal cleaning includes removal, disinfection, and reattachment of all such items. The terminal disinfection covers items that are typically overlooked during regular cleanings, such as light fixtures, fixture switches, wall switch plates, wall decor, bed frames, floor plates, and more. The area covered includes everything from the ceiling to the floor, as well as fixtures permanently placed on the ceiling and on the floor. Businesses need terminal cleaning for patient and staff hygiene as well as to reduce liability for insurance purposes.

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    Enhanced community reputation
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    Marketing opportunities to stand out among competitors
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    Value-added service for patients
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    Improved incidences of infection rates
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    Reduction of contagions that can impede healthcare processes
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    Higher rates of successful patient outcomes

Dangers of Terminal Contamination

In a patient care environment, the dangers of terminal contamination are exceedingly high. When you consider how many people are touching these surfaces, it’s easy to see how human-to-human contamination can take place. When you add in the fact that patients may be suffering from communicable diseases and viral and bacterial infections, the dangers of terminal contamination are even more evident. With higher contamination incidents comes greater monetary risk as patients trace back problems to their healthcare facility stay and take legal action.
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Cleaning Checklist

A thorough cleaning and disinfection process in a healthcare environment includes:


  • Anesthesia machine, IV pump, pole and stand, cart, etc.
  • Cabinet doors (interior and exterior) and handles
  • Cabinet drawers (interior and exterior) and handles
  • Exam tables, mat and structural support
  • Computer and/or tablet device, keyboard, monitor, cords, mouse
  • Equipment
  • Light fixtures, knobs, switches, lens and booms
  • Plush plates, wall plates, foot pedals
  • Telephones, intercoms
  • Air circulation systems (fans, air ducts, vents, grills)
  • Linen hampers
  • Operating room light, lens, handle, boom
  • Windows, sills
  • Baseboards
  • Flat wall surface
  • Ceiling surface
  • Waste bins
  • Casters/wheels
  • Monitors
  • Electrical cords
  • and more…

As you can see, a thorough terminal cleaning and disinfection is comprehensive and detailed. It’s a process that covers nearly every exposed surface of the patient healthcare environment and helps to ensure that patient and staff are protected as much as possible.

HOW OFTEN SHOULD TERMINAL CLEANING BE DONE?

Ideally, terminal cleaning should be conducted after every patient. In this way, the healthcare environment can be sure to be sterile for the next patient. However, in certain circumstances, it may not be possible to conduct terminal cleaning after each patient. In an emergency room, terminal cleaning should be done as often as possible to prevent the spread of communicable viruses, bacteria, and disease.

When you are ready, please contact us to take care of your terminal cleaning needs. We are available to answer all of your questions and give you detailed information about our services and process. We look forward to hearing from you.

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