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Environmental Infection Prevention and Control in Oral Healthcare Settings

Course Number: 363

Cleaning and Disinfection Strategies for Clinical Contact Surfaces

Barrier protection measures are recommended to protect clinical contact surfaces , especially if the surfaces are frequently touched by gloved hands during the delivery of patient care or are difficult to clean. Suitable barrier protections include impervious-backed paper, aluminum foil, and plastic or fluid-resistant covers.1,2 Barrier protections are to be removed and discarded after each patient encounter while still wearing gloves.1 If a surface is visibly soiled, clean and then disinfect with an appropriate EPA registered disinfectant. Otherwise, after degloving and performing hand hygiene, place clean barriers before the next patient is seated.