A how-to guide on disinfecting shared clinical work spaces

We know that COVID-19 is spread by droplets from coughs and sneezes and contact with contaminated surfaces. These infectious droplets may then be carried to shared work spaces unknowingly from patient rooms.

Staff caring for patients often need to return to shared clinical work spaces to document charts, have a meal, or rest between cases.

That’s why it’s important to regularly clean and disinfect all potentially contaminated work surfaces between uses. Our Environmental Services (EVS) team has done an outstanding job keeping these spaces clean, and there are additional steps you can and should take to help.

What you should clean

Shared items and surfaces you should clean include, but aren’t limited to:

  • Desks
  • Keyboards
  • Computer mouse
  • Phones

These items and surfaces can be found in work rooms, staff lounges, and conference rooms.

When you should clean

The Program of Hospital Epidemiology recommends staff clean shared clinical work surfaces before and after use to minimize transmission of the virus between people. EVS will continue to clean rooms daily.

How you should clean shared items and surfaces

  1. Perform hand hygiene and put on gloves.
  2. Use a hospital approved disinfectant.
    • Use one side per wipe to clean each surface, moving in one direction. Do not clean in circular motion or go back and forth. Do not use on more than one surface.
    • Fold large wipes in half to make four sides. Clean the surface then flip the wipe over. Take wipe and turn inside out so that “dirty” surfaces are now touching. This allows you to have two additional sides that are clean.
    • If there is heavy soil present such as spilled drinks or food, clean surface first with disinfectant wipe to remove heavy soil from surface then disinfect with a second wipe.
  3. Ensure surface is completely wet and allow surface to air dry.
  4. Remove gloves and dispose. Perform hand hygiene.

Don’t forget to clean your face shield as well.

View more safety information on our We Stand for Safety Hub.