How Healthcare Can Respond
Fostering safety, building confidence
For health systems, hospitals and clinics, infection prevention is always high priority. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, keeping patients, staff and visitors safe is even more vital. Ecolab’s expertise, products and ongoing support help your facility strengthen hand hygiene, cleaning, disinfection and safety protocols, so you can treat your patients with confidence.
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Q&A with Ecolab Experts
Ecolab experts in public health and infection prevention provide guidance to customers facing challenges from COVID-19 in their business.
Linda Homan, RN, BSN, CIC
Senior Manager Clinical Affairs
Linda Homan is a board certified infection prevention specialist with over 20 years of experience. Linda is responsible for the development of clinical and educational solutions, applied clinical research and incorporation of clinical best practices in all healthcare offerings.
Q. How can healthcare employees protect themselves in their work environment?
A. CDC currently recommends a cautious approach to patients under investigation for COVID-19. The EPA and the CDC recognize environmental surfaces as a vector for transmission of coronaviruses:
Healthcare professionals should perform hand hygiene before and after all patient contact, contact with potentially infectious material, and before putting on and upon removal of PPE, including gloves.
- If hands are visibly soiled, use soap and water before returning to alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Healthcare professionals entering the patient room should use standard precautions, contact precautions, airborne precautions, and eye protection (e.g., goggles or a face shield).
- For more information, including CDC checklists please visit Healthcare Insights.
Healthcare facilities should ensure that hand hygiene supplies are readily available in every care location.
- Patients should be asked to wear a surgical mask as soon as they are identified and be evaluated in a private room with the door closed, ideally an airborne infection isolation room if available. Meticulous hand hygiene and environmental hygiene play a key role in these isolation precautions.
- Routine cleaning and disinfection are appropriate for COVID-19 in healthcare settings, including those patient-care areas in which aerosol-generating procedures are performed. Be sure you are using an approved disinfectant from EPA list.
The CDC states that facilities must ensure healthcare professionals receive job or task-specific education and training on transmission of infectious agents, including refresher training.
Contact your Ecolab team to discuss training opportunities.
Q. If a known sick person stayed in a hospital room how should it be cleaned?
A. Routine cleaning and disinfection are appropriate for COVID-19 in healthcare settings, including those patient-care areas in which aerosol-generating procedures are performed. Use a disinfectant with an EPA emerging viral pathogen claim. Clean equipment according to manufacturer’s instructions. The CDC states that facilities must ensure that healthcare professionals receive job or task-specific education and training on transmission of infectious agents, including refresher training.