b. Reasons for Terminal Cleaning of the Patient Care Unit.
Prevention of the spread of microorganisms.
Removal of encrusted secretions from framework or bedside rails.
Removal of residue of body wastes from the mattress.
Deodorizing of the bed frame, mattress, and pillow.
c. Guidelines for Terminal Cleaning.
Review ward SOP for specific procedures.
Use only authorized disinfectant/detergent or germicidal solution for
(3) Check to ensure the bedside cabinet is cleared of any valuables
belonging to the patient.
(4) Check bed linens for personal items (dentures, contact lenses, money,
jewelry, etc.) belonging to the patient.
Prevent spread of microorganisms by carefully removing linen from the
Use caution when cleaning the underframe and bedsprings.
Replace any torn mattress or pillow covers.
Allow the mattress and pillow to air-dry thoroughly before remaking the
RULES FOR USE OF DISPOSABLE OR NONREUSABLE ITEMS
a. Do not attempt to reuse (for another patient) or resterilize disposables.
b. Sterile disposables are considered sterile providing the wrapper is not broken
or torn or the expiration date has not passed.
c. Sterile disposables with torn or broken wrappers must be discarded.
d. Use disposables for the specific purpose(s) for which they were designed.
e. Follow manufacturer's directions when using disposables.