It’s important for caregivers to follow these basic housekeeping procedures to protect themselves and their loved ones from infection.

If laundry is soiled with body fluids or potentially infectious materials, treat it as though contaminated. Wear disposable gloves and wash the items in water with detergent and bleach solution.

Dirty Dishes
Wash dishes with hot water and soap. You can add a small amount of chlorine beach to the final rinse water as an added disinfectant; soak dishes, glassware, and utensils in this solution for at least one minute, rinse again in hot running water and allow them to air dry.

Kitchen And Other Work Surfaces
Use the bleach solution to sanitize work surfaces and counter tops, refrigerators, and freezers after cleaning. Wear gloves if your hands will have frequent or prolonged contact with the sanitizing solution. Also check the bleach label for directions and warning statements.

Bedpans And Commodes
Clean bedpans and commodes on a regular basis. Soap, water, and bleach solution are recommended cleaning agents.

Waste Disposal
Disposable items, including disposable cleaning items such as tissues, paper towels, diapers, etc., should be handled with disposable gloves and discarded. All infectious body wastes and contaminated items should be placed in leak-proof containers such as heavy duty plastic bags, tied shut, and then placed in a second plastic bag before discarding. Label the bag “contaminated items”. Follow local regulations for solid waste disposal to remove these items. The normal trash pickup by the city or county is generally appropriate and adequate disposal unless there is liquid blood. Flush feces down the toilet.

Sharp Instrument Disposal
After use, place disposable syringes and needles, blade and other sharp items in puncture-resistant containers.


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