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Monday, April 21, 2014

Question

Where can I find information on cleaning procedures specifically for the hospital laboratory department, and if there is a daily cleaning checklist established for the lab that the housekeepers can refer to daily? Any help, advise and information will be greatly appreciated.


Answer

Check the Internet. Look at www.health.vic.gov.au/cleaningstandards/ or check the CDC website at www.cdc.gov/hicpac/Disinfection_Sterilization/toc.html for a comprehensive discussion.
These will give you some ideas that you can follow. I suggest you make up the daily checklist based on the equipment and surfaces that must be cleaned and disinfected in your facility. The Australian site above cites labs as moderate risk areas where cleaning is important for cross-infection prevention, so you are providing a valuable service.

Lynn E. Krafft, ICAN/ATEX Editor
lekrafft@juno.com