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Surface Disinfectants

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All healthcare settings, regardless of the level of care provided, must be equipped to observe Standard Precautions, that is, the minimum infection prevention practices that apply to all patient care, regardless of suspected or confirmed infection status of the patient, in any setting where healthcare is delivered.

In addition, they should:

  • Develop and maintain infection prevention and occupational health programs.
  • Assure sufficient and appropriate supplies necessary for adherence to Standard Precautions (e.g., hand hygiene products, personal protective equipment, environmental cleaning supplies...)
  • Ensure that at least one individual with training in infection prevention is employed by or regularly available to the facility.
  • Develop written infection prevention policies and procedures appropriate for the services provided by the facility and based upon evidence-based guidelines, regulations, or standards.

Medical physician offices should be cleaned at the end of every day, unless a situation arises such as a visibly soiled surface that warrants immediate attention. General housekeeping routines involve cleaning and disinfecting surfaces, toys, and objects with a low-level disinfectant. Surfaces in the office such as in public areas, exam tables, counter tops, floors and toilets need to be cleaned immediately when they are visibly soiled.