The world is witnessing a global pandemic and everyone is preparing to deal with the outbreak. While we are in the middle of the outbreak, we still have common health problems along with the patients of corona virus. We still have heart attacks, strokes, babies will still be born and appendixes will still be burst. So, the hospitals are figuring out how to ensure the safety of the patients that require ordinary care while also treating those who are sick from the novel virus.
The hospitals need to maintain the surroundings so that the spread of the virus can be prevented. Routine cleaning of surfaces of furniture, OT equipment, and surroundings using appropriate cleaning and disinfection method can help to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Non-health care settings should follow routine cleaning and disinfecting surfaces and special attention should be given to frequently touched surfaces and objects.
Following are some points that can help hospitals in maintaining the furniture during this pandemic:
The virus is highly contagious and it is important to make sure that frequently touched objects are cleaned properly to prevent the spread. Frequently touched objects can vary by location, for example, light switches, doorknobs, handrails, kitchen appliances, tables, drawer pulls, sinks, handles, elevator buttons, keys, and remote controls. Pay attention to objects such as desks, chairs, phones, printers, keyboards, and other common areas.
To remove the dirt and grime, it is important to clean the surfaces before using the disinfectants. They are most effective on clean objects or surfaces. Always follow the manufacturer’s directions (e.g. contact time, application method) while using cleaning and disinfecting products. The staff should follow directions and existing procedures for using gloves or other personal protective equipment (PPE). Post cleaning, the gloves should be discarded.
While cleaning non-porous items such as tables, floors, desks, OT equipment, doorknobs, and phones it is important to follow some guidelines. The surface should be cleaned if it seems dirty using a regular cleaning product, such as soapy water for a table or desk. Then, use the disinfectant on the object. The top hospital bed manufacturer’s directions must be followed while cleaning the furniture.
Porous items such as carpets, bed linens, rugs, upholstered chairs, sofas, clothing, etc. can become a possible spot for the spread of the virus. Clothing, towels, linens, and other items should be washed at the warmest possible setting with your usual detergent and then let them dry. Avoid shaking the dirty laundry to prevent the spread of the virus or other bacteria. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for other items such as rugs, sofa, drapes etc. If required, a specific cleaning product for that particular item must be used. For example, use a steam cleaner or apply a disinfectant product that is suitable for fabrics.
The only way to stop the further spread of the virus is to take the necessary precautions and follow the guidelines. Front line workers and doctors are the ones who are serving the patients and to support them it is really important to keep the surroundings and environment clean so that we can at least prevent further spread.