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Coronavirus (COVID-19):
How Healthcare Can Respond

Fostering safety, building confidence

For health systems, hospitals and clinics, infection prevention is always high priority. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, keeping patients, staff and visitors safe is even more vital. Ecolab’s expertise, products and ongoing support help your facility strengthen hand hygiene, cleaning, disinfection and safety protocols, so you can treat your patients with confidence. 

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Healthy Environments for Staff, Patients and Visitors

Ecolab offers a variety of cleaning solutions and data-driven insights to help hospitals and clinics run clean, safe, efficient and sustainable operations – today and long after the COVID-19 pandemic subsides.

THE IMPORTANCE OF CLEAN HANDS
Video: Washing your Hands

When it comes to controlling the spread of infections in healthcare facilities, everything starts with hand hygiene. Washing your hands often with soap and water is one of the best ways to avoid transmission of emerging pathogens. ​

VIDEO: Hand Sanitizing

The World Health Organization recommends performing hand hygiene with soap and water, or alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available. 

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RESOURCES TO HELP PROTECT YOUR PATIENTS, STAFF AND VISITORS:

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Focus on Proper Hand Hygiene

Download these instructions for how to wash and sanitize effectively.​

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Ensure Proper Gloving

Download these instructions for how to safely don and remove non-sterile gloves​.

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The Importance of Temperature Management

Download this information sheet on preventing surgical site infections (SSIs)​.

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Know the Facts​

Download this information sheet to learn more about COVID-19 and best practices for prevention and response.

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Focus on Proper Hand Hygiene​

Download these instructions for how to wash and sanitizer effectively.​

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Prevent Skin Irritation​

Download this sheet for information on caring for your hands.​

Coronavirus: Reading the Risks of Infections

Use this video to help educate your employees on ways to help combat the spread of COVID-19. 

Ecolab Hand Hygiene Compliance Monitoring​

With Ecolab’s electronic monitoring programs and expert training, you can help your staff perform hand hygiene every time.

Coronavirus: Reading the Risks of Infections

Use this video to help educate your employees on ways to help combat the spread of COVID-19. 

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STAY UP TO DATE ON COVID-19

The situation with COVID-19 evolves daily and healthcare facilities are on the frontlines. Ecolab is your trusted partner, providing guidance and expertise on how to help combat the spread of the virus and reduce risk for patients, staff and other guests. Complete this form to stay up to date on the most recent information on COVID-19 infection mitigation and opt-in to receive promotional information specific to the healthcare sector.

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Q&A WITH ECOLAB EXPERTS

Ecolab experts in public health and infection prevention provide guidance to customers facing challenges from COVID-19 in their business.

Ecolab Expert

Linda Homan, RN, BSN, CIC

Senior Manager Clinical Affairs

Linda Homan is a board certified infection prevention specialist with over 20 years of experience. Linda is responsible for the development of clinical and educational solutions, applied clinical research and incorporation of clinical best practices in all healthcare offerings.

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Q. How can healthcare employees protect themselves in their work environment?
A. CDC currently recommends a cautious approach to patients under investigation for COVID-19. The EPA and the CDC recognize environmental surfaces as a vector for transmission of coronaviruses: 

Healthcare professionals should perform hand hygiene before and after all patient contact, contact with potentially infectious material, and before putting on and upon removal of PPE, including gloves.

  • If hands are visibly soiled, use soap and water before returning to alcohol-based hand sanitizer. 
  • Healthcare professionals entering the patient room should use standard precautions, contact precautions, airborne precautions, and eye protection (e.g., goggles or a face shield).  
  • For more information, including CDC checklists please visit Healthcare Insights.

Healthcare facilities should ensure that hand hygiene supplies are readily available in every care location.

  • Patients should be asked to wear a surgical mask as soon as they are identified and be evaluated in a private room with the door closed, ideally an airborne infection isolation room if available. Meticulous hand hygiene and environmental hygiene play a key role in these isolation precautions.
  • Routine cleaning and disinfection are appropriate for COVID-19 in healthcare settings, including those patient-care areas in which aerosol-generating procedures are performed. Be sure you are using an approved disinfectant from EPA list.

The CDC states that facilities must ensure healthcare professionals receive job or task-specific education and training on transmission of infectious agents, including refresher training.   

Contact your Ecolab team to discuss training opportunities.

Q. If a known sick person stayed in a hospital room how should it be cleaned?
A. 
Routine cleaning and disinfection are appropriate for COVID-19 in healthcare settings, including those patient-care areas in which aerosol-generating procedures are performed. Use a disinfectant with an EPA emerging viral pathogen claim. Clean equipment according to manufacturer’s instructions. The CDC states that facilities must ensure that healthcare professionals receive job or task-specific education and training on transmission of infectious agents, including refresher training.