Tips from Dr. Clean: Helpful guidelines to prevent the spread of Swine Flu in your practice

>As the human swine flu outbreak continues to grow in the United States and internationally, the first step in protecting ourselves against infectious viruses is to stop them in their tracks, or better yet, their breeding grounds. Human swine flu is most commonly spread person-to-person. Therefore, attacking the “hot spots” that people touch most frequently will help eliminate the spread of the virus.

Be aware! many house hold cleaning agents won’t kill all viruses. Your best bet is a medical grade all purpose cleaning agent. However, providing your front office staff with disinfecting wipes can help keep germs down throughout the day and are quick and convenient to use.

All staff should be wearing gloves for all cleaning procedures.

  • Wipe and disinfect the front entrance door handles.
  • Wipe and disinfect all door handles.
  • Wipe and disinfect all phones.
  • Wipe and disinfect all cabinet handles throughout the building.
  • Wipe and disinfect all levers and turn-able devices in the building.
  • Wipe and disinfect all keypads.
  • Wipe and disinfect all light switches.
  • Wipe and disinfect all public press-able buttons.
  • Wipe and disinfect all computer mouse devices.
  • Wipe and disinfect all desks and workstation tables.

Don`t forget constant hand washing prior to placing on gloves and after!!

These tips are designed as the first line of defense against cold and flu viruses, such as the Swine Flu. These tips are not recommended to take the place of a proper routine cleaning of your practice.

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