Oregon Cryonics
A Non-profit Organization

Manual - Decontamination of Operating Room

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There is a sticky mat on the floor delineating the entrance to the OR. If there is a current case in progress, you must wear PPE past that point.  If between cases, you may wear street clothes.  If you create a mess, you must clean it up that same day.



-Wipe any dusty surfaces

-Vacuum and/or swiffer floor

-Spot mop floor



Do this monthly and also the day prior to a surgery

-Spot clean ceiling and walls.

-Wipe down all furniture, operating light, and door handles.

-Clean operating table, including hinges, castors, and underside.

-Wash floors with disinfectant, moving furniture and operating table to clean floor underneath, then replacing.

-Remove all cleaning supplies.

-Do not put new liners in biohazard containers, as this would make it impossible to tell if they had been changed.

-Get it inspected by your supervisor, and make sure both of you have signed off.


During Surgery

-Maintain an organized, clean, and dry environment.

-Clean up spills and disinfect promptly

-Prevent spilling of contaminated liquid onto other surfaces by using leak-proof containers

-Wear full PPE when handling contaminated items

-Dispose of contaminated sponges in kick bucket

-Wipe blood from instruments or keep moist to prevent drying

-Use suction to remove water before it can spill or drip


Terminal Decontamination

Do this following a surgical case.

-Remove instruments.  See Instrument Sterilization.

-Place contaminated disposables into waterproof biohazard bags and remove bags.

-Move soiled portable equipment to the decontamination room.

-Now, follow all of the exact same steps as in the Periodic cleaning above.