After transporting a patient suspected of having the COVID-19 virus, Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel need to ensure the vehicle is cleaned and disinfected. Here are the interim guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC).
- Leave the rear doors of the vehicle open to allow air flow.
- When cleaning the vehicle, wear a disposable gown and gloves. A face shield or facemask and goggles should also be worn if splashes and sprays during cleaning are expected.
- Follow environmental cleaning and disinfecting procedures. Keep doors open to ensure adequate ventilation.
- Use routine cleaning and disinfecting procedures, such as using cleaners and water to pre-clean surfaces before applying a hospital grade disinfectant to frequently touched surfaces or objects.
- Use an EPA-approved disinfectant.
- Clean and disinfect the vehicle in accordance with standard operating procedures. Clean surfaces such as the stretcher, rails, control panels, floors, walls, and work surfaces.
- Clean and disinfect reusable patient care equipment before using it on another patient.
- Follow standard operating procedures for the containment and disposal of used personal protective equipment and regulated medical waste.
- Follow standard operating procedures for containing and laundering used linen. Avoid shaking the linen.
For the full guidelines, visit the CDC site.