Proper Cleaning ProceduresALWAYS wear gloves and other PPE (as needed): – Mask and/or Face shield – Disposable apron or other body covering – Shoe covers
Surface DisinfectantsThere are three kinds of disinfectantsthat should be used to clean up spills ofblood:– EPA registered “hospital disinfectant”chemical germicides (tuberculocidal claim)– EPA registered as effective against HIV– A fresh solution of 1:10 household bleach.
Cleaning Procedures steps Use only disposable towels, gloves, and materials to clean up blood because of the difficulties laundering and disinfecting reusable items. If a spill involved broken glassware, NEVER pick up the glass directly with your hands. Always use mechanical means such as tongs or brush and a dustpan.
Isolate the area. Do not allow unauthorized persons to enter until the spill has been cleaned up. All surfaces to be cleaned must first be cleaned of all visible soil and blood before a disinfectant is applied. Carefully remove visible blood with disposable towels by putting them over the spill to absorb it (soak with disinfectant to for a while if needed).
Ifthe blood spill has dried, soak the area, or scrub the area with disposable towels and disinfectant as needed. Place the towels in a plastic waste disposal bag that is either: – Red, or – Marked with the biohazard symbol.
Aftercleaning up visible blood and soil, the area should be decontaminated a second time with an appropriate disinfectant used according to the manufacturer’s directions. The area can have a final rinse after disinfection, if needed.
All clean up materials, including PPE, should be placed in the disposal bag and double-bagged. Remove gloves inside out and also place them in the disposal bag. For disposal, contact your supervisor.
Blood on carpet or upholstery needs special attention. It is possible to clean carpet or upholstery when small spills of blood occur, but a professional cleaning service may be needed. Contact your supervisor for details and assistance.