Keeping hospitals and care sites clean and sanitary is a part of our 24/7 routine at OhioHealth. Blocking the spread of viruses and bacteria is one of the most important roles we play to keep patients and visitors healthy and safe.
And that involves a lot:
- Gloves, masks and protective coverings
- Hand hygiene
- Frequent cleaning of high-traffic areas, high-touch surfaces and patient rooms
- Air filtration
- Equipment sterilization
- Isolation and infection control measures
- Washing and disinfecting bedding, gowns and scrubs
With the onset of the coronavirus and growing number of patients with COVID-19 across the country, we wanted to share some specific steps we are taking to prevent the spread of disease.
Healthcare providers are using face masks, gloves and other personal protective equipment when treating patients with COVID-19 symptoms.
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is maintaining a growing list of approved products to kill SARS-CoV-2, the technical name for the coronavirus that is causing COVID-19. We use hospital-grade disinfectants in our hospitals and care sites, but there are many products effective for home use. BUT, in order to get the best results, you have to use each product as intended. Some have to remain wet on surfaces for a few minutes to work properly. Check the product label for application and safety instructions. Clean surfaces are an important step toward stopping the spread of disease.
Negative airflow rooms
With some highly infectious diseases like tuberculosis or COVID-19, doctors may determine a patient should be placed in a negative airflow room. That means the ventilation is set up to draw air into the room, while preventing contaminated air from moving to other rooms.
Room identification and routine cleaning
Rooms used by patients who have COVID-19 will be marked with cautionary signage, and nursing staff will explain the precautions visitors and associates should take before entering those rooms. Our Environmental Services associates thoroughly clean the rooms of patients with COVID-19 after they are discharged.
As circumstances change, OhioHealth will continue to follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Ohio Department of Health (ODH) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to ensure we are doing everything possible to stop transmission of COVID-19 and keep our patients and associates safe.