Friday''s Ask the Experts question from a cleaning professional on the International Custodial Advisors Network (ICAN) "Ask the Experts" page: One of our offices ran into a medical building that was requiring a terminal cleaning certificate? Is there such a thing, and if so, how would I get certified?
Terminal cleaning of operating rooms differs from turnover cleaning in time and intensity. It is done, as the name indicates, at day’s end when no more procedures are scheduled.
An article in the September 2000 issue of "Infection Control Today" offered these observations.
"At the completion of the day''s schedule, each OR, whether or not it was used that day, should be terminally cleaned. The AORN "Recommended Practices for Environmental Cleaning in the Surgical Practice Setting" states, "surgical procedure rooms and scrub/utility areas should be terminally cleaned daily." This is done to reduce the number of microorganisms, dust, and organic debris present in the environment. The following routine ... — Lynn E. Krafft
, ICAN/ATEX Editor