Staff and Health Care Worker Shift Decon Aid
Poster Version (Text Version Below)
Courtesy Ian Stiell @EMO_Daddy
Work Decontamination Routine - Text version
(Small differences to Poster) Everybody should do this!
Before Going to Work
Remove watch & rings
Trim fingernails short
Option: Bring clean scrubs to change into at work in 1 garbage bag, take a 2nd garbage bag for soiled clothes you wore during the day
Tie back your hair. Consider covering your hair with a washable cloth cap of some sort
No keychains. Keep your keys cleanable
Wear short sleeves. You cannot clean your hands with long sleeves and the sleeves can carry COVID (fomite)
DO NOT touch your face. This is VERY HARD. WATCH each other and say something
Mark out work spaces with 6 feet of separation from other workers and do not change work stations
Keep 6 feet between you and colleagues. This is hard. Practice!
Eliminate ALL extra material on desk surfaces: Paper, blotters, clutter, pen holders, etc. - Reduces Fomites and makes space easy to clean well.
Goal - Nothing on desk except telephone, keyboard
Cleaning staff may not be able to easily access your workspace - because you are working.
Therefore - YOU need to clean off all your workspaces - make them easy to disinfect. Beginning of every shift and during shift.
Use speakerphone, try to NEVER bring phone near your face
NO CHARTS in ROOMS... EVER (they cannot be cleaned). Consider a central zone for charts in your workspace.
Have PPE buddy to observe Don & Doff
Some are putting phones/badges in ziplocs. Clean ziploc before leaving work
Talk to patients via phone in the rooms whenever possible, re: resp precautions
Do NOT eat shared finger food at work. For now: chips, candy, etc. - DO NOT EAT
Consider not touching your/any food in the clinic with your hands - use a clean fork or spoon
If using 2 bag/clothes system, remove work clothes, put them into “non-clean” garbage bag, put on clean clothes from clean garbage bag
Wash arms with soap
Sanitize badge and phone (or ziploc) on way out
Wash hands again with soap
Some people change into 2nd set of scrubs before leaving (they wash both on arrival at home)
Take no paper home with you
Immediately: shoes / work bag / silicone ring in garage or dirty zone at entrance
All clothes off in dirty zone. Washing all clothes from work in machine (hot water + detergent)
Water bottle / lunch container in dishwasher or hand wash with soap + hot water for a minimum of 30 seconds
Shower with soap and water
Disinfect the High Touch Surfaces in your home - door knobs, door edges, light switches, cupboard handles, rails