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J U L Y 2 0 2 0 • O U T P A T I E N T S U R G E R Y . N E T • 7 3 B elieve it or not, there is some good news about the coro- navirus. It's an enveloped virus, meaning it's very easy to kill on hard sur- faces. Of course, there are a lot of surfaces to clean in your facility and the virus can live on every one of them for sev- eral days. As your facility resumes elective surgeries dur- ing this historic pandemic, here are a few tips for improving your surface disinfection practices in order to protect patients and staff from COVD-19. 1. Set clear expectations Now's a great time to observe and audit your surface disinfection processes. "Think about all the stainless steel and plastic in operating rooms," says J. Darrel Hicks, BA, Master REH, CHESP, a St. Louis- based infection prevention consultant. "That's where COVID-19 lives longest. It remains on every surface that doesn't get properly cleaned and disinfected." Don't leave any stone unturned (or uncleaned, in this case.) "You need to know what is actually being cleaned during OR turnovers," says Mr. Hicks. "That's done through observation, but also I believe Joe Paone | Senior Associate Editor No Surface Left Untouched Cleaning protocols carry added importance during the COVID-19 pandemic. CHECK THE LABEL Due to shortages, you'll likely need to switch disinfectants at a moment's notice — which makes reading the manufacturer's instructions for use vital.

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