When you own or run a veterinarian office, it is easy to become lax when it comes to cleaning and disinfecting the space. This is especially true if you don't have a lot of sick or diseased patients coming through.
However, maintaining high sanitation standards will protect your patients and your staff, too. Sanitizing the exam rooms, patient treatment areas, and surgical suites are necessary. However, you should also consider other areas too.
Keep reading for some helpful tips to keep your veterinarian's office clean and sanitary.
1. The Waiting Area
When thinking about the daily cleaning tasks you need to do, start with the waiting area. This area is often extra dirty since all the patients are in this area.
While waiting, they may shed, slobber, vomit, or even have an accident. Be sure to clean all the potentially touched surfaces. This includes everything at animal height, such as the windows, benches, and chairs.
Make sure you use an effective and safe disinfectant and sweep up any animal dust or hair in the waiting areas. Address the doorway leading into your clinic, too, since there may be dirt and paw prints here.
2. The Exam Rooms
After addressing the waiting area, move to the exam rooms. You should follow a similar procedure you did for the waiting area.
Be sure to disinfect the sink areas, chairs, pet scales, and countertops. Remember to clean the handles on the doors and cabinets. You also need to clean the door handles and lights switches present when you enter a room.
3. Laundry and Scrubs
In any veterinarian office, laundry may seem like a never-ending battle. While this may seem simple, following a few best practices will reduce the possibility of transmitting diseases in your office.
Be sure to wash all laundry on the longest cycle, using hot water and a pet laundry detergent. Make sure to use the highest heat setting.
Tell your staff to remove as much solid waste as possible, including feces and hair, before putting the items into the washer. Load the drum loosely to ensure most pathogens are killed.
Make sure that clean laundry is stored in a separate area than dirty laundry. Remember, transmission may occur if dirty and clean laundry are kept in the same area.
4. Cleaning Under Elevated Objects
It's important to remember that pet hair can float beneath elevated objects. This includes things like cabinets, surgical units, and refrigerators.
Make sure to vacuum these areas weekly to remove all these. If the hair remains in place, it may give off odors and collect allergens and dust.
Keeping Your Veterinarian Office Clean
If you want to ensure your veterinarian office remains clean and sanitary, keeping the tips and information here in mind is a must. Doing this will reduce issues while ensuring everyone – your patients and staff – remain safe and disease-free.
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