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Registered: ‎01-06-2011

Cleaning by techs or by environmental service personnel

We currently train our environmental service personnel to perform the cleanroom and ante room monthly cleaning of ceilings, walls and floors.  They also do our daily floor cleaning.  Our technicians clean the shelving and bins that contain medications. What are other facilities doing?  Does anyone have their technicians perform the ceiling, walls & floors monthly cleaning?  Thank you.

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Registered: ‎02-22-2011

Re: Cleaning by techs or by environmental service personnel

Our IV technician does the floor cleaning everyday; cleaning bins,... every week. The monthly cleaning of ceilings,... are done by our environmental services. SN

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Registered: ‎02-26-2010

Re: Cleaning by techs or by environmental service personnel

We have tried both methods and found that trained technicians did a much better job than the general environmental services staff. 

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Re: Cleaning by techs or by environmental service personnel

Our techs clean the shelves and bins monthly, the environmental service personnel are trained to do the daily mopping, and monthly wall and ceiling cleaning.

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Re: Cleaning by techs or by environmental service personnel

We perform cleaning of the IV rooms with every shift daily.  Our technicians perform this task since our environmental personnel do not don scrubs nor do they have dedicated cleaning supplies (mops, etc.) for our IV room.  Our monthly cleaning is performed by our first shift so that I can supervise its cleaning carefully.  Included in our monthly cleaning is the wire carts and shelving; ceilings and walls, glass window and doors.  We also clean the negative pressure CACI at this time.  We batch our own cleaning and disinfecting solutions for our CACI since Hospira stopped making Surface Safe. 

Carlos M Marin, RPh
Lead Pharmacist/IV Room/Oncology
Overlook Medical Center
99 Beauvoir Ave
Summit, NJ 07901
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carlos.marin@atlantichealth.org

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Re: Cleaning by techs or by environmental service personnel

Our Institution uses all sterile cleaning products to clean the floor walls ceilings as well as all carts/ shelves, bins and chairs.

Our IV hood cleaning we use the following: Step one-(we use sterile NON-shedding wipes for all cleaning)  We use Sterile Decon-Quat (an VAI product) wipe onto all IV hood interior surfaces and let the agent dry, then use Sterile water for irrigation, followed by folding the sterile wipe into fours and using ONE side of the folded wipe per wipe on a surface. Turning the cloth to another side as you do one fluid wipe across the hood all wipes going on the same direction for left to right (NOT back and fourth!)

 

Ryan Connell CPhT.

Pharmacy Technical Lead Chemotherapy

Wexner Medical Center James Cancer Hospital

 

Ryan Connell CPhT.
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Re: Cleaning by techs or by environmental service personnel

We were just looking at some of the policies of 797 and am wondering if the cleaning should be pharmacy’s responsibility versus environmental services.  A persin who is working with me on Simplifi 797 read that ANY person who goes into a cleanroom must complete a finger swab test.  Is this correct?  I thought this was only for staff who prepares medications in the cleanroom and not necessarily staff who comes in to clean.  I guess that was the part where my question comes in.  She found it in the chapter embedded in the finger swab section.   

 

Thank you for any input that you may have regarding this topic.

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Re: Cleaning by techs or by environmental service personnel

We have our technicians trained for 797 cleaning. Monthly, weekly and daily cleaning tasks are all preformed by our technicians. We take our own trash out as well. Our hospital environmental services staff do not enter any of our clean rooms. 

Most companies that sell clean room cleaning supplies will provide staff training. We use Contec for our cleaning supplies and they provided a very informative training.  

Ryan Connell CPhT.
Pharmacy Technical Lead
Chemotherapy
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Re: Cleaning by techs or by environmental service personnel

Abfernan,

 

Cleaning can be done by pharmacy staff, environmental services or an outside vendor.  The chapter states: " In the event that cleaning and disinfecting procedures are also performed by other support personnel (e.g., institutional environmental services, housekeeping), thorough training of proper hand hygiene, garbing, and cleaning and disinfection procedures shall be done by a qualified aseptic compounding expert. After completion of training, support personnel shall routinely undergo performance evaluation of proper hand hygiene, garbing, and all applicable cleaning and disinfecting procedures conducted by a qualified aseptic compounding expert."

 

If staff, other compounding personnel are performing the cleaning, they don't need to do glove sampling or wear sterile gloves for that matter.  The PnP in Simplifi assumes that compounding staff are doing the cleaning so that competency is required.  You can and need to modify the PnP to reflect the actual activities performed in your pharmacy.  Hope this helps. 

Eric S. Kastango, MBA, RPh, FASHP

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