Reply To: Outpatient/Ambulatory Room Cleaning

  • Rhoda Phillips

    April 3, 2023 at 1:55 pm

    In our clinic, the staff is responsible for cleaning between patients during clinic hours.  There are opportunities for us to improve in this area.  We are in separate buildings from our inpatient partners but the housekeeping staff provides a deeper cleaning for the evenings after closing @ 9pm.  

    Original Message:
    Sent: 04-03-2023 11:20 AM
    From: Anne Joseph
    Subject: Outpatient/Ambulatory Room Cleaning


    I have a few questions regarding how other organizations clean their exam rooms between patients.  Our outpatient clinic/day hospital is located within the main hospital.  We have a clinic side with exam tables and then the Day Hospital side with beds (more like gurneys/carts).  We are looking at the room cleaning process for turning over rooms between patients, and also the cleaning process each night after we are closed.

    If you are able to help, please respond to the following questions:

    1. Who is responsible for cleaning the exam rooms in between patients?
    2. What gets cleaned in the room?
    3. What cleaning solution/wipes get used?
    4. Do you have other cleaning overnight for each exam room?
    5. Do you use UV lights?

    Thank you!

    Anne Joseph, BSN,RN,CPHON
    Milwaukee, WI
    United States