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Environmental Materials

The following disinfectants are suggested for use in the daily cleaning and disinfection of all surfaces in the office:

  • Quaternary Ammonium Compounds
  • Sodium Hypochlorite (household bleach; 1:10 dilution prepared daily)
  • Hydrogen Peroxide-Based Product
  • Phenolic

All are detergent disinfectants except for bleach. These products come as liquid, although some are available as disinfectant-impregnated wipes. Always have either a bottle of appropriately diluted disinfectant or disinfectant wipes available.

Can Disinfectants be Used on Everything?

Yes, disinfectants can be used on; baby scales, table tops, floors, sinks, toilets and all other hard surface objects.

Examination Tables: Uncovered examination tables should be cleaned between patients. Table covers, linen, paper, plastic, etc., should be changed between patients. If there is a body fluid spill, clean and disinfect the table after removing the cover, otherwise clean the table daily.

Toys: Frequently touched toys should be cleaned daily with a freshly prepared 1:1000 bleach solution or appropriately diluted hydrogen peroxide solution or wipe. Let them air dry. Phenolics should not be used. If the toys are visibly soiled, wash them first with soap and water, and then disinfect. Do not have cloth or plush toys as they cannot be cleaned or disinfected properly.

Computers: If computers are in exam rooms, it is strongly recommended that you cover the keyboard with a cover to facilitate cleaning. The keyboard and mouse should be included in the routine cleaning protocol.

Magazines/Books: Throw out regularly.

We are committed to helping you preserve the safety and well-being of your patients and trust these essential principles will help you implement environmental hygiene best practices to drive compliance within your medical facility minimizing the risk and spread of infection. If you have an idea for future InControl topics, or would like to share your needs, concerns and expectations, please contact us at incontrol@henryschein.com and give us your feedback, we will be sure to respond promptly.