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Spotless Standards: Mastering the Hospital Restroom Cleaning Checklist

Nov 11, 2023 | Blog

Hospital Restroom Cleaning Checklist: Ensuring Spotless Standards

Key Takeaways

  1. Understanding the critical role of cleanliness in hospital restrooms.
  2. Reviewing the negative impacts of poor restroom hygiene in hospitals
  3. Essential supplies and procedures for effective cleaning.
  4. Step-by-step hospital restroom cleaning checklist
  5. Critical factors in checklist implementation.
  6. Use of innovation – especially the cell phone to increase standards

Introduction to Hospital Restroom Cleaning

Hospital restrooms are more than just facilities; they are critical zones where hygiene can influence the health of patients, visitors, and staff. In these spaces, even the tiniest lapse in cleaning standards can lead to hospital-acquired infections, making stringent cleaning practices essential. A poor restroom also has a reputational impact on how visitors, families and patients perceive the quality of the hospital. This means a well-maintained hospital restroom reflects the overall commitment of the hospital to patient care and infection control – and must be priority.

Reviewing the Negative Impacts of Poor Restroom Hygiene in Hospitals

Let’s take a pause and just reflect on some of the negative consequences of poor restroom hygiene and why the use of a hospital restroom cleaning checklist is vital. This headline maybe hyperbole but the issues are huge:

Five Reasons Why Poor Hygiene in Hospitals is a Killer – IPSL UK

Table: Negative Impacts of Poor Restroom Hygiene in Hospitals

Hospital Restroom Hygiene Risks

Sources for Further Reading:
1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – Provides guidelines on infection control and hygiene practices in healthcare settings.
2. World Health Organization (WHO) – Offers extensive information on hospital hygiene standards and their importance.
3. Journal of Hospital Infection (JHI) – Publishes research articles on the impact of hygiene in healthcare settings, including restrooms.

So the bottom line so far is that maintaining high standards of restroom hygiene in hospitals is not just a matter of cleanliness but a critical aspect of patient care, staff well-being, brand integrity and operational efficiency.

Three Elements – Must Work as One

Spotless standards in a hospital restroom rely on three overlapping elements:

  1. Essential supplies
  2. Essential operating standards
  3. Comprehensive checklist

Cleaning supplies, checklist and procedures for a hospital restroom

 

Essential Supplies for Hospital Restroom Cleaning

When it comes to hospital restroom cleaning, the right tools are as crucial as the cleaning process itself. Key supplies include:

  • Disinfectant cleaners and wipes – Hospital-grade disinfectants that kill germs and are EPA-approved for use in healthcare settings. Look for quaternary ammonium or bleach-based disinfectants.
  • Toilet brushes – For scrubbing toilet bowls and urinals. Use separate labeled brushes for different areas.
  • Toilet bowl cleaner – Removes tough stains and limescale buildup from toilet bowls.
  • Restroom cleaning caddy – Allows janitorial staff to carry all supplies and tools into restrooms efficiently.
  • Microfiber cloths – For wiping and polishing surfaces. Avoid spreading germs with reusable rags.
  • Clean soap or disinfectant bar
  • Paper towels – For drying surfaces, absorbing spills, and general cleaning tasks.
  • Rubber gloves – Protect hands and prevent spread of contaminants.
  • Protective eyewear – Guards eyes from splashes when working with chemicals.
  • “Wet Floor” safety signs – To prevent slips and falls when floors are damp.
  • Mops – Microfiber mops are ideal for hospital restroom floors.
  • Floor squeegee – Helps dry floors quickly after mopping.
  • Scrub brushes – For cleaning grout, corners, drains and other hard to reach areas.
  • Vacuum cleaner – For quick debris removal from floors, vents and crevices.

Ensuring cleaning staff have these supplies readily available helps maintain hospital restrooms that are sanitary for patients, staff and visitors. Proper tools make completing cleaning checklists more efficient.

Essential Standard Operating Procedures for Restroom Cleaning

Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) serve as the blueprint for hospital restroom cleaning. These guidelines (for example daily cleaning) ensure consistency and comprehensiveness in cleaning processes. They encompass everything from the sequence of cleaning tasks to the specifics of handling various surfaces and equipment. If your business has no SOPs, then a good place to start is OSHA.

Here are five main standard operating procedures for restroom cleaning in a hospital:

  1. Using PPE*: Wear gloves, mask, eyewear/face shield, gown/apron, closed-toe shoes. Change PPE after cleaning.
  2. Signage: Signage: Place warning signs for wet floors or closed restrooms. Remove signs when floors are dry.
  3. Surface cleaning: Clean from high to low areas starting with the high-touch surfaces. Use disinfectant cleaners on all surfaces. Allow proper contact time.
  4. Correct equipment: Use designated tools and supplies only in restrooms. Keep inventory stocked. Disinfect tools regularly.
  5. Having waste disposal on hand: Empty trash cans when 3/4 full. Use double-bagged liners. Dispose of waste properly. Clean receptacles.

This list is not exhaustive and the following need also to be considered.

*PPE – Personal Protective Equipment – see OSHA on this

Additional SOPs:

– Follow manufacturer’s instructions for cleaners.
– Clean spills immediately.
– Replenish supplies when low.
– Report any repairs needed.
– Deep cleaning on a regular schedule.
– Wash hands thoroughly after cleaning.
– Document cleaning for compliance

Any medical equipment or sharps containers will likely need their own separate cleaning procedures.

Consistently adhering to restroom cleaning SOPs ensures safe disinfection protocols are followed in hospitals. Staff should be trained on proper procedures.

Step-by-Step Hospital Restroom Cleaning Checklist

Having reviewed BOTH the supplies and SOPs needed for restroom cleaning they must now be placed within a written checklist. This means a step-by-step guide to staff. So what does one of these look like? By the way, we think that a reliance on paper checklists is not the right thing, and a cell phone based checklist is much better.

Here is an example of a detailed daily restroom cleaning checklist for hospital staff:

__________________________________________________________________

Hospital Restroom Cleaning Checklist:

Date: [Insert date]
Time: [Insert time]
Cleaned by: [Insert name]

Restock Supplies:
– Toilet paper dispensers full
– Paper towel dispensers full
– Hand soap dispensers full
– Feminine products bin stocked
– Toilet seat covers stocked

Trash:
– Remove trash bags from cans
– Replace with new liners
– Disinfect trash receptacles

Floors:
– Sweep floors to remove debris
– Wet mop floors with disinfectant cleaner
– Allow floors to completely dry
– Place/remove wet floor signs

Toilets:
– Scrub toilet bowls with brush and cleaner
– Wipe outer surfaces with disinfectant
– Clean toilet handles, seats, rims, bases

Sinks:
– Remove debris from sinks
– Clean basins, faucets, counters with cleaner
– Disinfect faucets, handles, dispensers
– Wipe down mirrors over sinks

Walls, Doors, Partitions:
– Spot clean surfaces
– Remove any handprints, marks, or splatters

Inspect:
– Function of dispensers, fixtures
– Damage, leaks, drips
– Document needed repairs

Notes:
[List any additional notes here]

Staff Signature: ___________________________

__________________________________________________________________

Adjust this list as needed for each facility AND develop an additional list for weekly and monthly checks.

OK – so you now have Supplies, SOP’s and a checklist – so what the critical factors to turn dirty to clean?

Transforming a dirty restroom to a clean one.

Critical Factors in Checklist Implementation

There is no point having a great checklist without having additional elements in place. In fact there are three main critical issues that are needed to improve the effectiveness of the checklist in delivering high standards.

1) Frequency and Scheduling of Cleaning Tasks

In hospital environments, the frequency of restroom cleaning is not just about appearances; it’s about safety and health. Cleaning schedules should be based on the level of usage and the specific needs of different hospital areas. High-traffic restrooms may require more frequent cleaning, while less-used areas might need less frequent but still regular attention.

2) Monitoring and Quality Assurance

Quality assurance in cleaning is vital for hospital restrooms. This involves:

  • Regular Inspections: To ensure that cleaning standards are consistently met.
  • Feedback Systems: Allowing staff to report on cleanliness levels and any issues they encounter.
  • Digital Tools: Utilizing technology to monitor and document cleaning processes.

3) Training and Compliance

Effective training programs are essential for ensuring that hospital housekeeping staff are well-versed in the latest cleaning techniques and compliance requirements. Regular training sessions can help staff stay updated on best practices and safety protocols.

Challenges and Solutions in Hospital Restroom Cleaning

Hospital restroom cleaning faces unique challenges, but with modern solutions, these can be effectively addressed. For a quick summary – of this Perfect Storm

Challenge 1: Maintaining Accurate and Timely Cleaning Records Traditionally, paper checklists have been the norm for tracking cleaning tasks, which can be cumbersome and less efficient.

Solution: Digital Checklists via Cell Phones

  • Innovative Approach: Cleaning staff can use their cell phones to access digital checklists.
  • Benefits: This allows for real-time updates, easy tracking, and reduces paper waste.
  • Implementation: Cleaning staff can be trained to use simple apps designed for task management, ensuring a more streamlined and environmentally friendly approach.

Challenge 2: Prompt Attention to Restroom Cleanliness Patients and visitors often notice restroom issues first, but there might not be an immediate way to report them.

Solution: Patient-Initiated Alerts via Cell Phones

  • Empowering Patients: Patients can use their cell phones to quickly alert hospital staff if a restroom needs attention.
  • Advantages: This system fosters a sense of community responsibility and ensures faster response times.
  • System Setup: Hospitals can set up a simple alert system, accessible via smartphones, where patients can send a quick notification about the restroom’s condition. This is not quite the same as a full blown restroom survey, rather a quick notification.

These innovative solutions not only streamline the cleaning process but also engage patients in maintaining the cleanliness and hygiene of the hospital environment.

Hospital Restroom Feedback Sign

Conclusion: Ensuring Excellence in Hospital Restroom Hygiene

Maintaining high standards in hospital restroom cleaning is not just about following a checklist; it’s about having the right supplies, following SOPs and creating a culture of cleanliness and safety. Through diligent practices, regular training, and innovative solutions using the cell phone of the patient and staff, hospitals can provide a safe, hygienic environment for everyone.

FAQs on Hospital Restroom Cleaning

  1. What are the key supplies needed for hospital restroom cleaning?
    • Essential supplies include microfiber cloths, disinfectants, and protective gear.
  2. How often should hospital restrooms be cleaned?
    • The frequency depends on the area’s usage and specific hospital protocols.
  3. Can digital tools enhance restroom cleaning practices in hospitals?
    • Yes, digital tools like cell phone-based checklists can streamline cleaning processes and improve monitoring.

For more on using the cell phone for restroom feedback – check out our restroom feedback guide.

 

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