Things to remember when disinfecting around high risk or sick patients

When you have a suspected or confirmed outbreak in your facility, there are a few things to keep in mind so you can reduce the spread of infections to other patients.

  • Diseases can be spread by sharing equipment and supplies between areas that house patients with contagious diseases, and those that house healthy animals.
  • A mop and bucket should be used just for the sick patient’s area, until they leave the hospital.
  • The disinfectant solution should be changed after each cleaning, or sooner if it is visibly soiled.
  • In high-risk areas, we recommend a concentration of 1:16, with a 5-minute contact time.
  • The disinfectant solution should not be used in sick then healthy areas. To minimize spread of disease, clean and disinfect the areas housing healthy patients before cleaning and disinfecting high-risk areas.

You may also find these resources useful:

Video: How to Clean and Disinfect a Cage

Video: How to Clean and Disinfect an Exam Room

Video: Contact Time