As pediatric practices are scrambling to utilize telemedicine, there are still times where patients need hands-on
treatment. What are the recommendations for keeping your practice disinfected and clean of the coronavirus?
The perfect disinfectant or product for healthcare disinfection has not been introduced;
however, there is a wide array of excellent disinfectants that offer a range of characteristics.
As of March 10, 2020, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendation on disinfectant products for COVID-19
is to use an Environmental Protection Agency-registered disinfectant on List N on the EPA website that has qualified under the EPA’s emerging
viral pathogensprogram for use against SARS-CoV-2.2-4.
ok, so what is List N? List N includes products that meet EPA’s criteria for use against SARS-CoV-2,
the novel coronavirus that causes the disease COVID-19.
EPA Website regarding List N
You might also consider cleaning your practice, as if everyone is potentially sick.
Following the CDC guidelines for disinfecting your home if someone is sick,
might serve as an excellent guideline to keeping your practice safe for your patients.
Clean - Clean surfaces using soap and water. Practice routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces.
Disinfect - Use diluted household bleach solutions if appropriate for the surface. Check to ensure the product is not past its expiration date. Unexpired household bleach will be effective against coronaviruses when properly diluted.
Soft surfaces - Clean the surface using soap and water or with cleaners appropriate for use on these surfaces. Launder items (if possible) according to the manufacturer’s instructions.Use the warmest appropriate water setting and dry items completely.
Clean hands often - Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds.
If soap and water are not readily available and hands are not visibly dirty, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. However, if hands are visibly dirty, always wash hands with soap and water.
Trash - Dedicated, lined trash can: If possible, dedicate a lined trash can for the ill person.Use gloves when removing garbage bags, and handling
and disposing of trash. Wash hands afterwards.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention