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Hospital Cleaning Checklist
Hospitals must be kept clean for obvious reasons. People visit hospitals for healing, and cleanliness is certainly the first step of the process. A dirty and cluttered space becomes the breeding ground of harmful bacteria and virus as well as carrier pests and rodents. Well within the hospital premises, the patient’s rooms and testing labs, operation theatres and doctor/nurses bay should be thoroughly cleansed, sanitized and disinfected for the proper functioning of the hospital. There have been cases where the patient has been admitted to get cured for a disease and he has caught another within the hospital due to lack of hygiene. It is compulsory for hospitals to maintain health and safety standards to be in operation and for that regular, frequent cleaning is a must.
Maintaining a hospital cleaning checklist is essential to increase the efficiency of the cleaning staffs. It ensure that every corner has been attended to and there has been no slag of duty. Disinfectants and sterilizers need to be used in abundance along with powerful cleaning agents and tools to keep the visitors as well as the inpatients happy and healing.
Here is a compact hospital checking checklist that can monitor regular daily cleaning regime. It includes the general traffic areas of a hospital that need cleaning attention. Apart from the mentioned areas in this hospital cleaning checklist, there are common areas like the reception, staircases and elevators, visitors’ washrooms etc. For thorough cleaning and monthly or annual cleaning it is advised to avail the help of professional cleaners.
Bathrooms are breeding grounds of many harmful germs and bacteria. Well sanitized bathrooms are a must in hospitals to avoid spreading of diseases.
- Thoroughly clean the toilets. Use a powerful cleaner and spread it on the inside of the toilet bowl, underside and rim. Keep it on for few minutes, scrub and flush it down.
- Follow up with a disinfectant
- Use a disinfectant bar or solution in the flush tank for a sterile flush every time
- Wipe and clean the booth doors and door knobs. Use a sanitizer to wipe.
- Get the reachable wall surfaces clean.
- Clean the lights and fixtures, and switch plates.
- Mop and clean the floors with a cleaner, and follow up with a disinfectant.
- Empty all trash cans, and replace the plastic liners
- Refill the soap dispenser and restock all the paper utilities
The hospital cafeteria should be properly cleaned to prevent contamination and keep it germ free.
- All the visible surfaces should be wiped clean and sanitized.
- Clean all cooking utensils and crockeries and store them in a hygienic way
- Store the coking material, away from the floor and wall in tightly closed cabinets to avoid germ and pest contamination.
- Clean the stove tops and other cooking surfaces after every food preparation
- Clean and sterilize the counter tops, cutting surfaces, food preparing surfaces.
- Wipe and clean the backsplash
- Mop and clean the floor
- The dining room too should be cleaned every day to prevent accumulation of floor particles and debris on the table surfaces and floor.
- Use a hospital grade disinfectant in this high risk zone.
- Wipe and clean the patients’ beds, the side and underside.
- Change wet sheet, bed sheet and pillow cases daily
- Remove soiled towels and replace with fresh ones
- Clean and sanitize all the visible surface of the rooms
- Wipe and clean the windows and doors
- Sanitize the nurse calling button, TV remotes, drawers and cabinets.
- Mop and clean the floor
Keeping the medical equipment clean and sanitized before every use is very important in a hospital.
- Dust all visible surface
- Wash and clean all apparatus and sterilize them
- Clean the equipment and stands and sterilize them
- Wipe and clean the reachable wall surfaces
- Mop and clean the floor using disinfectant
- Stock the drawers with sterilized gloves and other paper utilities
- Keep the hand sanitizer dispenser refilled