CLEANING THE OPERATING ROOM SUITE
Definite cleaning procedures are established by the operating room supervisor
for cleaning the operating rooms to ensure a safe, clean area for the patient and the
staff. Cleanup procedures must be rigidly followed to contain and confine organisms,
known and unknown, in order to prevent contamination of the entire suite. Local SOPs
must be checked for specific procedures.
a. Damp dust surgical lights and reflectors with disinfectant solution. Dry with
a clean dry cloth.
b. Damp wipe all furniture, to include the back table, prep table, ring stands,
Mayo stands, and operating table, with disinfectant solution.
Clean the wet vacuum as necessary.
BETWEEN CASE CLEANING
Gather all litter from floors and deposit in waste containers.
Collect all linen, dispose of in appropriate hamper bags for the laundry.
NOTE: Dispose of linen from open packs, whether soiled or not, in the proper linen
hamper. If linen is wet or heavily soiled, double the bag.
c. Discard any soiled sponges, suction canisters, tubing, and other waste as
infectious waste as per local SOP.
d. Depending upon local SOP, the contamination of the floor, and the
procedures involved, the floor may need to be cleaned between cases. Move the
operating table to the periphery of the room. Flood the floor surface for three to four
feet around operative side with disinfectant solution. The area of flooding will be
extended to include any spillage or contamination as necessary.
e. Damp wipe the operating table with disinfectant solution, removing all blood
and soiled materials. Remake the operating table.