COVID-19 Procedure: Disinfection Procedures for Infectious Fabrics of Suspected or Confirmed Patients:

COVID-19 Procedure: Disinfection Procedures for Infectious Fabrics of Suspected or Confirmed Patients

This process template is part of our COVID-19 Procedures pack. 

It is built as a reproduction of the procedures outlined in the Handbook of COVID-19 Prevention and Treatment (2020) produced by The First Affiliated Hospital, Zhejiang University School of Medicine (FAHZU). 

FAHZU had great success in combatting the novel Coronavirus COVID-19 and this handbook outlines best-practices, procedures, and useful charts for hospitals and medical centers to practically employ. 

The items contained within the handbook were compiled according to clinical experience. 

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Process Street is not a medical institution and the items contained in this process template are illustrative and not intended to be understood as medical advice. Please refer to the attached PDF document for any and all medical or operational recommendations. 

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Type of infectious fabric:

Record type of infectious fabric

Collection methods:

Pack the fabrics into a disposable water-soluble plastic bag

Seal the bag with matching cable ties

Pack this bag into another plastic bag

Seal the bag with cable ties in a goose neck fashion

Figure 1: Sealing Method for Clinical Waste Bags (Source: https://www.epd.gov.hk/epd/clinicalwaste/en/smallproducer_duty_segregation.html)

Pack the plastic bag into a yellow fabric bag

Seal the bag with cable ties

Attach a special infection label and the department name

Send the bag to the laundry room

Storage and washing:

Separate COVID-19 fabrics from other infectious fabrics

Infectious fabrics should be separated from other infectious fabrics (non-COVID-19) and
washed in a dedicated washing machine.

Wash COVID-19 fabrics in dedicated washing machine

Wash and disinfect these fabrics with chlorine-containing disinfectant at 90 °c for at least
30 minutes.

Disinfection of transport tools:

Ensure best practice principles are followed

  • 1
    Special transport tools should be used specifically for transporting infectious fabrics
  • 2
    The tools shall be disinfected immediately each time after being used for transporting infectious fabrics
  • 3
    The transport tools should be wiped with chlorine-containing disinfectant (with 1000 mg/L active chlorine). Leave disinfectant for 30 minutes before wiping the tools clean with clean water

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