Infection Control Question

I have an infection control question for organizations that have
pediatrics. In your waiting rooms do you have toys to keep children busy?
If so, what is your process for disinfecting the toys and how often? Who
is responsible?

Thanks,
Leah Guthrie, MSN, MBA/HCM, BA, RN, LHRM
Director, Quality Improvement/Risk Management
Renaissance Behavioral Health Systems, Inc.
P.O. Box 19249
Jacksonville, Florida 32245-9249
Phone: 904-743-1883 ext. 7106
Blackberry: 904-226-7377
Fax: 904-743-5109
E-mail: lguthrie@rbhsinc.com

Comments

  • edited July 2016
    At my last hospital this was a housekeeping duty. They were required to wipe down all toys and the play area once on the day shift and once on the night shift and anytime the nurses notified them of a possible situation that needed them to clean the area again.

    Denise McCord, RN, CPHRM
    Risk Management Specialist
    Yellowstone Insurance Exchange, RRG
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    F: 866.216.7434
    M: 406-438-6982
    E: denisem@yierrg.com
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  • edited July 2016
    Thanks!

    Leah Guthrie, MSN, MBA/HCM, BA, RN, LHRM
    Director, Quality Improvement/Risk Management
    Renaissance Behavioral Health Systems, Inc.
    P.O. Box 19249
    Jacksonville, Florida 32245-9249
    Phone: 904-743-1883 ext. 7106
    Blackberry: 904-226-7377
    Fax: 904-743-5109
    E-mail: lguthrie@rbhsinc.com

  • edited July 2016
    About sanitizing toys, the housekeepers are not usually aware that only the
    bleach based sanitizer can destroy c.diff bacteria.

    Dev Raheja
    Tel: (301) 604-0144
    Author: Preventing Medical Device Recalls


  • edited July 2016
    Happy Spring,
    We have about 1,000 Peds visits per month … and of course often have young family members of our adult patients. We do not keep toys in the waiting room all the times. Our waiting room volunteers can go into the Peds treatment area where the Child Life Specialist have set up cupboards with age appropriate items that the volunteer can bring to the children in the Waiting room. After use, the volunteer places the toys in a basin in the Toy storage area and the Child Life staff clean them and replace into the correct cupboards.

  • edited July 2016
    Cleaning after each use was my first response before I had discussed the issue with county public health which is also part of our facility. They clean the toys at the end of the day after an immunization clinic. When I asked them to clean between each use they stated they follow day care procedures for well kids as this is an immunization clinic and all kids should be well prior to receiving immunizations. This seemed to make sense to me. Would this be an exception to the rule?

    Thanks

    Felicia


    and then delete it. Thank you.
  • edited July 2016
    Leah Guthrie, MSN, MBA/HCM, BA, RN, LHRM
    Director, Quality Improvement/Risk Management
    Renaissance Behavioral Health Systems, Inc.
    P.O. Box 19249
    Jacksonville, Florida 32245-9249
    Phone: 904-743-1883 ext. 7106
    Blackberry: 904-226-7377
    Fax: 904-743-5109
    E-mail: lguthrie@rbhsinc.com
  • edited July 2016
    Good Morning everyone,

    I was hoping to get your thoughts on this. A questions has that I am researching regarding Rural Clinics. It is currently my understanding that no medical service can be provided to a patient over the phone or in an email. The patient needs to be seen. I do know that it is common practice to possibly refill pain medicine, nausea medicine, Lasix etc over the phone for patients that have already been seen. I believe this to be standard of care and alright for providers in clinics. Is this your stance and knowledge of the regulations the same? Along with not being able to treat a patient over the phone, email, texting etc.

    Thank you!!

    How’s everyone’s summer? Who’s going to the Fall ASHRM conference?

    Denise


    Denise McCord, RN, CPHRM
    Risk Management Specialist
    Yellowstone Insurance Exchange, RRG
    T: 866.216.7433 ext. 217
    F: 866.216.7434
    M: 406-438-6982
    E: denisem@yierrg.com
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    www.yierrg.com
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