Isolation Guidelines


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  • Terminal Cleaning

    • All disposable items should be discarded.  
    • All curtains are removed and sent to laundry to be washed.
    • Clean curtains are put back up by housekeeping.
    • All surfaces should be cleaned with a disinfectant/detergent solution.

    Generally, housekeeping personnel should use the same precautions to protect themselves during terminal cleaning that they would use if the patient were still in the room; however, masks are not needed if they had been indicated previously.

    All non-disposable items should be returned for decontamination and reprocessing. Articles that are contaminated with infective material should be bagged and labeled before being sent for decontamination and reprocessing.

    All disposable items should be discarded. Articles that are contaminated with infective material should be bagged and discarded. No special precautions are indicated for disposal of items that are not contaminated (or likely to be contaminated) with infective material.

    All equipment that is not sent to central services or discarded should be cleaned with a disinfectant/detergent solution.

    All horizontal surfaces of furniture and mattress covers should be cleaned with a disinfectant/detergent solution.

    All floors should be mopped with a disinfectant/detergent solution.

    Disinfectant fogging is an unsatisfactory method of decontaminating air and surfaces and thus should not be used.

    Airing a room from which a patient has been discharged is not an effective terminal disinfection procedure and is not necessary.