During an outbreak, the cleaning frequency will need to be increased, and the efficacy of cleaning will need to be monitored on an ongoing basis.
Only approved chemicals should be used, in accordance with facility cleaning protocols. Neutral detergent and hospital-grade disinfectant should be readily available. Sodium hypochlorite may also need to be used but must be utilised according to guidelines.
Detergent and disinfectant wipes must also be made available.
Isolation rooms should be cleaned with identifiable colour-coded cleaning equipment for higher-risk areas.
Cleaning schedules should incorporate the frequent cleaning of frequently touched environmental surfaces such as door handles, taps, handrails, technical aids, buzzers and other switches and devices.
Cleaning equipment, such as clothes, should preferably be disposable. Reusable equipment is to be cleaned and laundered according to required laundry standards.
Limited essential equipment and furniture should be placed within the affected room/s or area/s during an outbreak. Special consideration should be made for the appropriate cleaning of soft furnishings and carpets (see Section D for more detailed information).
Ideally, separate cleaning staff should be allocated to cleaning affected rooms/areas. If this is impracticable, then rooms of non-affected residents should be cleaned first, and then isolation rooms should be attended to. PPE must be worn by cleaning staff when cleaning isolation rooms during an outbreak.
Once the outbreak has been deemed to be cleared, terminal cleaning should be completed for all affected areas.
Staff assigned to cleaning duties should not have access to the kitchen during an outbreak.