Cleaning of Clinical Storage Areas for Clean and Sterile Supplies

Cleaning of Clinical Storage Areas for Clean and Sterile Supplies
Cleaning of Clinical Storage Areas
for Clean and Sterile Supplies
Overview
June 29, 2015
Before you start – training required!
• Regular training (baseline/on-hire and annually)
includes:
– Storage and inventory management
– Transportation and distribution
• AHS training resources include:
– Annual Continuing Education Infection Prevention
and Control module
– Medical Device Reprocessing Video, Section 10
Storage and Transport.
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What’s the big deal?
• Our patients depend on
each of us to perform our
tasks safely and correctly
• Follow simple infection
control measures to prevent
contamination of patient supplies
and reduce the risk of infection
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Step 1: Clean Hands
Before touching or handling clean and sterile supplies:
• Perform hand hygiene
– Do not wear gloves to touch or handle
clean and sterile supplies
• See the AHS Hand Hygiene Policy and
• Hand Hygiene Procedure for more details.
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Step 2: Maintain supply sterility and cleanliness
Maintain the integrity of clean and sterile packages
and products until point of use by:
• Handling, transporting and storing clean and
sterile supplies separately from dirty supplies.
• Transporting clean and sterile supplies in labelled,
cleanable, enclosed or covered carts, bins, and totes, or
plastic bags.
• Minimizing supplies in the patient rooms/care areas and
establishing quotas and maximums for each care area.
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Storage Areas
• Storage surfaces should be smooth, non-porous, nonshedding, and easily cleanable.
• If the storage area has a door it is kept closed with
access limited to clinical and support staff.
– Signage (e.g. Staff Only) is used to alert staff,
patients and visitors about the limited access
requirement.
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Step 3: Handle clean supplies carefully
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Protect from damage, puncture or crushing [such as
occurs when catheters are stored bent or exposed to
contact (staff brushing against)]
Supplies dropped on the floor should be thrown out
(if disposable) or reprocessed (if reusable)
Remove from shipping packages before
storing (e.g. corrugated cardboard)
Do not top up inner boxes of single-use
supplies
Do not overfill containers, bins or drawers
Rotate stock (first in, first out)
Assess infrequently used packages to
determine if they are still needed
Keep containers clean and free of visible dust
or soiling
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Example of a shipping package: Corrugated cardboard picture courtesy
of Department of Entomology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
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Examples of correct storage containers
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Step 4: Perform cleaning duties without contaminating supplies
• Perform hand hygiene
• Assemble supplies
• Use disinfectants according to manufacturer’s
instruction – consider using ready to use wipes
• Clean from higher to lower and least contaminated to
most contaminated
• Protect supplies from moisture – avoid using cloths that
are saturated with fluid, ensure hands and surfaces are
dry before touching packages
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For more information:
• Principles of Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection, IPC
Guidelines http://www.albertahealthservices.ca/hp/if-hp-ipc-bpgcleaning-principles.pdf
• 4 Moments of Hand Hygiene Video
http://www.albertahealthservices.ca/6426.asp
• Management of Patient Supplies on Discharge or Transfer
http://www.albertahealthservices.ca/hp/if-hp-ipc-bpg-patientsupplies.pdf
• Environmental Services Standards Guidelines and Protocols
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Questions??
If you have any questions or comments regarding this
information, please contact Infection Prevention &
Control at
[email protected]
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