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Operating Room

The clock vs. cleanliness? You can satisfy both.

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Operating Room
Cleaning Checklist
(PDF)
Operating Room
Cleaning & Disinfection
Guidelines (PDF)
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Operating Room Challenges

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Keeping patients safe and infection-free are your top priorities in the operating room. Yet healthcare facilities are also under pressure to maximize efficiency through fast turnaround times.

But getting the OR ready is inherently time-consuming. It must be disinfected from high to low with an EPA-registered disinfectant. All surfaces — especially high-touch ones — must be cleaned. What's more, contact times vary between products, with some taking up to 10 minutes to kill microorganisms. And some disinfectants must be mixed prior to use — at which point their shelf life is measured in hours.

Operating Room Quick Facts

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Did you know that…

  • High-touch areas like X-ray monitors, cabinet doors and computer keyboards are among the worst-cleaned areas of the OR and may harbor pathogens known to be found in ORs, such as MRSA, VRE, E. coli and acinetobacter.1
  • Only 50% of OR high-touch surfaces have been shown to be cleaned properly in some studies.2
  • 55% (33/60) and 67% (16/24) of cultures taken from tourniquets and exsanguinators, respectively, were positive for bacteria growth that included candida, P. mirabilis, S. aureus, acinetobacter, and coagulase-negative staph (CoNS).3
  • Three of five operating room overhead lights cultured had positive bacterial growth for staphylococcus, streptococcus, or neisseria.4

The Clorox Healthcare® Solution

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With Clorox Healthcare® Hydrogen Peroxide Cleaner Disinfectants, a quality clean that maximizes efficiency is possible.

Clorox Healthcare® Hydrogen Peroxide Cleaner Disinfectants offer you: 

  • Speed: Ready-to-use. Clean and disinfect in one step with 30- to 60-second contact times.*
  • Efficacy: EPA-registered to kill the pathogens that cause over 60% of SSIs.
  • Great Aesthetics: No harsh chemical fumes or odors, with a patient- and staff- friendly scent.
  • Nonflammable: Suitable for use in perioperative settings.
  • Broad Surface Compatibility: Suitable for use on a broad range of operating room surfaces.

*Excluding TB, Norovirus

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Further Reading

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Read more about cleanliness issues in the operating room.

The Environmental Essentials to OR Cleaning
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5 High-Touch Objects to Clean Better
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Fast Turnover: 10 Unsafe Practices
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Are Those High-Touch Surfaces Clean?
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  1. “How Clean Is Your OR?” AORN Journal 97, no. 6 (2013): 633-634.
  2. Munoz-Price, L. “Are Those High Touch Surfaces Clean?” Outpatient Surgery Magazine. Herrin Publishing Partners, July 2013.
  3. Brennan, S. A., et. al. “Tourniquets and Exsanguinators: A Potential Source of Infection in the Orthopedic Operating Theater?”  Acta Orthopaedica 80, no. 2 (2009): 251-255.
  4. Kalava, A., et. al.  “How Clean Are the Overhead Lights in Operating Rooms?” American Journal of Infection Control 41 (2013): 387-388.
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