Safety First: Supplies in Patient Rooms

For the safety of our patients and staff, Kettering Health Network recommends the following standard operating process for supplies in patient rooms or bays.

Daily supplies

  1. Plan to bring only the needed supplies to the bedside for the procedure (starting an IV, dressing change, etc.).
  2. Avoid contamination of supplies in locked drawers by avoiding opening or using drawers for patients in isolation.
  3. Only access supplies in drawers, cabinets, nursing servers outside the patient’s room, or supply carts after removing gloves and performing hand hygiene.
  4. Limit quantity to the amount needed for one shift for frequently used supplies (i.e., alcohol wipes, telemetry stickers) in locked drawers for patients with standard precautions.
  5. Avoid contamination of emergent equipment, such as suction canisters and tubing, by containing it in a bag until needed.
  6. If contamination is suspected or observed with visibly soiled, torn or wet packaging, discard supplies.

Discharge Process

  1. Discard all supplies in packages that have been opened.
  2. Unopened supplies in intact packages should be inspected:            
    • Discard if torn, damaged, visibly soiled, wet, or unable to be wiped clean
    • If intact and able to be wiped clean, wipe clean with facility-approved cleaning wipe and return to the clean supply storage. If the supply packaging can’t be cleaned, the item should be discarded
  3. Place all linen in the soiled linen hamper.
  4. Room cleaning procedure:
    • Isolation Precautions: Follow KHN terminal room cleaning procedure. Keep isolation signs up until EVS removes them after terminal room cleaning is completed.
    • Standard Precautions: Follow department-specific bay or room cleaning SOP to clean all re-usable equipment.
June 12, 2020

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