Cleaning to prevent the spread of germsDisinfection procedures
Germs from a person may be found on any object the person touched or on equipment that was used during the person's care. Some germs can live up to 5 months on a dry surface.
Germs on any surface can pass to you or another person. Cleaning helps prevent the spread of germs.
Your workplace has policies about how to clean:
- Patient rooms
- Spills or contamination
- Supplies and equipment that are reusable
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