Introduction:

It goes without saying that proper sanitization is absolutely essential when running a hospital. There is always a threat of infectious diseases spreading and it is the responsibility of the cleaning department to make sure this risk is minimized. 

This hospital housekeeping checklist will guide you through a thorough cleaning process for each and every patient room in the hospital. 

Run this checklist to ensure that nothing is being missed and you are providing your patients and employees with a sanitary environment.

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Room details:

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Before entering room:

Wash your hands thoroughly

The critical first step before beginning the housekeeping process is hand hygiene. 

Wash your hands thoroughly before moving on to the next step. 

Below is a video showing the steps for hand-washing using the WHO technique.

Wear the appropriate PPE

The appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) must be worn:

  • 1
    Eye protection
  • 2
    Disposable non-latex gloves

Place safety sign by the door

Place a safety/wet floor sign by the door, just outside the room.

Knock while slowly entering

Because the room is occupied, be sure to knock, enter slowly, and be polite. 

Upon entry:

Check the sharps container

Check the sharps container and make sure it is no more than 3/4 full. If the container is full, safely empty it and place it back where it was to begin with. 

Empty the sharps container

Empty the container and place it back in its original spot. 

Empty, clean and reline any trash cans

Complete the following steps when tending to trash cans:

  • 1
    Empty
  • 2
    Wipe all edges with a disinfectant wipe
  • 3
    Reline with a clean bag

General sanitization:

Wipe down arm rails

Now you can focus on disinfecting the main features in the room.

Start by wiping down the arm rails fixed to the bed, chairs and any other furniture. 

Wipe frame and foot of the bed

Move on to wiping down the frame and foot of the bed. 

Be sure to not cause any discomfort for the patient occupying the room. 

Wipe all other high-touch areas

Work through the sub-checklist below to ensure you have disinfected all other high-touch areas in the room.

  • 1
    Door handles, knobs
  • 2
    Light switches
  • 3
    Call box
  • 4
    Telephone
  • 5
    Computer keyboard
  • 6
    Ledges (below shoulder height)

Clean window sills and ledges

Wipe down all windows and window ledges in the room.

Clean any other wall mounted equipment

Ensure that you clean any other wall-mounted equipment in the room

Of course, be extra careful not to interfere with any medical equipment during cleaning.

Bathroom cleaning:

Wipe down small, high-touch surfaces

The first thing to do when cleaning the patient's restroom is to disinfect all high-touch surfaces.

Run through the sub-checklist below to ensure this step is completed. 

  • 1
    Light switches
  • 2
    Door handles, knobs
  • 3
    Hand rails

Clean mirrors and countertops

Next, clean the mirror(s) and countertops in the room. 

Clean sink and faucet

  • 1
    Wipe down all the entire sink and faucet with a disinfectant wipe and/or spray
  • 2
    Thoroughly rinse with water
  • 3
    Dry areas with a clean cloth

Clean soap and paper towel dispensers

Continuing on around the sink area, clean the soap and paper towel dispenser with a disinfectant wipe.

Clean shower or tub

Clean the shower and/or tub thoroughly.

The damp environment of a shower makes it an ideal place for the growth of bacteria and fungi. To prevent the spread of disease and unwanted infestations, be extremely diligent and don't miss the hard to reach areas. 

Clean toilet bowl, seat, tank and flush handle

Check off the tasks below to ensure you clean all components of the toilet. 

  • 1
    Toilet bowl
  • 2
    Toilet seat (and surrounding area)
  • 3
    Toilet tank
  • 4
    Flush handle

Wipe down walls, doors and fixtures

Clean the bathroom door, walls and any other fixtures that you haven't tended to yet. 

If there are any stains or discoloration, pay particular attention to making sure these areas are cleaned thoroughly. 

Sweep and mop the floor

Finally, before leaving the bathroom, its time to clean the floor. 

Begin by sweeping to collect dust and any trash that might be lying there. Then, mop the floor to leave it completely disinfected and sparkling. 

Final steps:

Check the room has been cleaned thoroughly

Perform a scan of the room to make sure nothing has been missed.

This will require approval from your supervisor so be sure to conduct a thorough check to avoid unnecessary delays. 

Remove gloves and wash hands

Remove the disposable gloves, and, just like you did before entering the patient room at the start of the process, wash your hands thoroughly.

Remove safety sign after the floor has dried

Once the floor has dried, remove the wet floor/safety sign you placed there in the beginning.

This marks that the job is complete!

Add any additional comments

If you have any additional comments following the cleaning, note them down below. 

These may include:

  • Concerning accumulation of dirt
  • Improper use of the sharps container or trash cans (e.g. overflowing)
  • Potentially faulty equipment 
  • Concern over the potential presence of pests

Approval: Confirm the room has been cleaned

Will be submitted for approval:
  • Check the room has been cleaned thoroughly
    Will be submitted

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