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Environmental Cleaning Tool Kit

Overview

Effective cleaning procedures in the perioperative environment are essential to promote safety and decrease the risk of the spread of infection for surgical patients and team members. Directors, managers, educators, and other interested health care providers from nursing, environmental services, and infection prevention will benefit by using the online modules and the associated materials to teach everyone in the perioperative areas how to clean the perioperative environment based on the current evidence-based recommended practices.

The purpose of the Environmental Cleaning Toolkit is to educate all team members about the recommended practices on cleaning the perioperative environment, promote patient safety and prevent the spread of infection in the perioperative environment.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the importance of a clean perioperative environment.

  • Define the common terminology associated with recommended practices for cleaning the perioperative environment.

  • Explain the recommended steps for cleaning the perioperative areas and the sterile processing areas.

  • State the recommended practices for using chemicals, tools, and equipment for cleaning in the perioperative areas.

Components

Faculty Disclosure (PPT)

Begin with the webinar to review the Recommended Practices for Environmental Cleaning 

Teach the recommended practices for environmental cleaning to all perioperative team members with these PowerPoint presentations: 

Module 1 Environmental Cleaning: Basics (PPT)
Module 2 Environmental Cleaning: Preoperative and Postoperative Areas (PPT)
Module 3 Environmental Cleaning: OR and Procedure Rooms (PPT)
Module 4 Environmental Cleaning: Sterile Processing Areas (PPT)
Module 5 Special Cleaning Procedures (PPT)
Module 6 Quality and Process Improvement (PPT)

Sample Documents

Resources (PDF)
Definitions related to Environmental Cleaning (PDF)
Cleaning Checklists:
Sample Cleaning Checklist: includes OR and Preoperative and Postoperative Areas (PDF)
Sample Cleaning Checklist: includes OR and Preoperative and Postoperative Areas (TEMPLATE) (DOC)
Sample Cleaning Checklist: Special Conditions (PDF)
Sample Cleaning Checklist: Special Conditions (TEMPLATE) (DOC)
Sample Cleaning Checklist: Sterile processing areas (PDF)
Sample Cleaning Checklist: Sterile processing areas (TEMPLATE) (DOC)

Posters

Poster 1 – Clean Your Hands and Clean the Environment (PDF)
Poster 2 – Environmental Cleaning: It’s Important! (PDF)
Poster 3 – Keep it Clean! OR (PDF)
Poster 4 – Keep it Clean! Preoperative and Postoperative Areas (PDF)
Poster 5 – Keep it Clean! Sterile Processing Area (PDF)

Animation

Hand Washing 


For more information on this tool kit please contact Ellice Mellinger.
Funded through the AORN Foundation and supported by a grant from Ecolab. 

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