(1) For cleaning an OR between cases, the soiled areas of the
floor are damp-mopped using a germicidal solution. Furniture may be pushed aside as
necessary, but is not to be removed from the room.
(2) Before surgery begins in the morning, the floor is damp-mopped with a
(3) For cleaning the floor at the end of the day's schedule, observe the rules
listed in paragraph 1-32a then apply the following procedures:
(a) Wipe down the furniture with a germicidal solution.
Remove the furniture from the room.
Mop the floor using fresh germicidal solution and a clean mop
(d) Rinse the floor well to prevent the accumulation of soap film and
the film left by certain germicides because such a film would interfere with the
(e) Wheel the furniture back into the room over a mat saturated with a
Wipe down the furniture again with a germicidal solution.
1-33. SCRUB-OR-SPRAY-MACHINE METHOD
The is the same procedure as described for the wet-dry vacuum method, except
that the machine has a capability of either scrubbing the floor or of spraying the
germicide onto the floor. The wet-vacuum pickup is done as described in
paragraph 1-31b (4).
1-34. ROUTINE CLEANING OF AN OPERATING ROOM
a. Before Surgery is Begun. Before surgery begins in the morning, all furniture
and the OR light are dusted with a germicide-dampened cloth and the floor
wet-vacuumed or is wet-vacuumed or damp-mopped with germicidal solution. Dry
dusting is never done in the surgical suite because of the hazard of increased airborne
bacteria. Damp dusting is done to remove any dust that may have accumulated