SARS-CoV-2 Disinfection: Killing the Spread
An ECRI lab webcast
View a recording of our April 29, 2020, live-streamed lab webcast. This video features answers to these key questions.
- Benefits of evaluating and updating your disinfection protocols, along with establishing COVID-19 patient containment units
- Proper staff training on cleaning and disinfection, including using an EPA-approved SARS-CoV-2 disinfectant
- Common mistakes to avoid
The presentation concludes with an informative Q&A session based on questions from hospitals around the globe.
- Dr. Andrew Furman, Executive Director, Clinical Excellence, ECRI
- James Davis, Sr. Infection Prevention Analyst, ECRI
- Amanda Sivek, PhD, Principal Project Officer I, Device Evaluation, ECRI
- Jason Launders, Director of Operations, Device Evaluation, ECRI
Lab webcast recording
ECRI is here to help
Our interdisciplinary staff is here to help you address your most challenging issues in your response to COVID-19. We have compiled free resources in the ECRI COVID-19 Resource Center. Please contact us for assistance and to learn more.
Downloadable cleaning and disinfection checklist
Complete this checklist for routine cleaning and disinfection (C&D) of specific items within suspected/confirmed COVID-19 patient rooms.
ECRI exclusive hazard report
Routine and Terminal Cleaning of Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19 Patient Rooms (4/29/2020). Accession No. H0595.
Concentrations and contact times for EPA List N
This table lists disinfectant concentrations and contact times for EPA's List N, which covers antimicrobial products effective against novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. Manufacturers of reusable, noncritical medical devices and equipment may recommend the use of certain generic disinfectants (e.g., sodium hypochlorite) at certain concentrations. But List N does not specify disinfectant concentrations. Our list will help you ensure you're using an effective disinfectant at a sufficient concentration and contact time to kill SARS-CoV-2.
Top 10 hazard: Cleaning fluid seeping into devices can lead to fires
Improper cleaning of electrical equipment can result in equipment malfunction, damage, or fire. This was hazard number 9 in our 2019 Top 10 Health Technology Hazards list.
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