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Checklist for Maintaining Clean, Safe Medical & Dental Offices

An Overview of the CDC Checklists for Medical and Dental Office Infection Control

Medical and dental offices have had infection control standards in place before COVID-19 became a concern. Coronavirus transmission has made it especially important to clean carefully between patients and extensively disinfect the facility on a regular basis as well as comply with CDC and local requirements. Government contact tracing identifies sources of COVID-19 infection.

The CDC’s Dental and General Outpatient Medical Checklists provide an overview of basic standards for infection prevention specifically designed for each treatment environment.

General Cleaning Checklist Summary

  1. Administrative Program
    Ensure that procedures and practices for infection control are in written form and updated regularly.
  2. Education and Competency
    Workers should receive appropriate training and evaluation to ensure that they understand and follow procedures and practices.
  3. Personnel Safety
    There should be appropriate immunization requirements, procedures for handling possible pathogen exposure events, TB testing, and trained respirator use if needed.
  4. Surveillance and Reporting
    Familiarity with and adherence to processes should be verified, and the list of illnesses considered exposure events should be updated and shared. Exposure concern and reporting is for both personnel and patients.
  5. Hand Hygiene
    Adequate supplies for hand hygiene should be available, and proper training and practice in place for routine handwashing, hand antisepsis, and surgical hand antisepsis.
  6. PPE
    Appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) should be available and personnel should be trained in its use including examination gloves, masks, protective clothing, protective eyewear and face shields, utility gloves, and surgical gloves.
  7. Respiratory Hygiene / Cough Etiquette
    Training for personnel and signage for patients should provide instruction regarding respiratory infection containment including tissues, masks, and hand hygiene, along with social distancing for those exhibiting symptoms.
  8. Sharps Safety
    Needles and blades with safety features should be used where possible. Used sharps should be carefully managed.
  9. Safe Injection Practices
    Injection sites should be aseptically prepared and contamination-free.
  10. Sterilization and Disinfection of Patient-Care Items and Devices
    Reprocessed devices should be handled according to manufacturer specifications by personnel trained in these techniques. PPE should be worn when handling these items.
  11. Environmental Infection Protection and Control
    Cleaning, disinfection, and the use of barriers and other physical protection should be employed. Biohazard containment procedures should be followed for biological spills.

Dental-Specific Cleaning

  • Dental Unit Water Quality
    Water should be sterile for procedures and otherwise meet EPA drinking water standards. Procedures should be in place for additional processes in response to community boil water instructions.

Medical-Specific Cleaning

  • Point of Care Testing (if applicable)
    Personnel should be trained in the use of blood glucose meters and other testing equipment.

A Top COVID-19 Cleaning Service is the Foundation of Pandemic Compliance

Enviro-Master, a leading commercial cleaning service, provides thorough facility cleaning using medical-grade disinfectant delivered by our unique Virus Vaporizer electrostatic spraying technology for complete coverage with disinfectant that clings to surfaces due to its electrostatic charge. Our COVID-19 cleaning service is an important part of meeting CDC and local standards for coronavirus-aware cleaning and facility operation.

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