BEST PRACTICES & SUGGESTIONS FOR AMBULANCE DECONTAMINATION& CLEANING PROTOCOLS FOR COVID-19 & OTHER INFECTIOUS DISEASES
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, EMS and transport organizations are rapidly developing new cleaning procedures and ambulance decontamination processes. Our Service Department continues to release new information and updates to assist customers in safely cleaning their vehicles, while helping to protect patients and crew from high-risk infections like COVID-19.
If you have questions on ambulance cleaning products, sanitization equipment, or other decontamination concerns, please contact our Service Department at 877-344-9990. We would be happy to assist you.
5 QUICK TIPS FOR SAFELY CLEANING AN AMBULANCE FOR INFECTIOUS DISEASES
Always wear PPE.
Clean with approved cleaners; do not mix chemicals unless you are certain of the effects.
Leave the doors open while cleaning the vehicle.
Reduce the number of people in an ambulance whenever possible.
Honor appropriate social distancing.
For the latest suggestions and guidelines for Emergency Medical Services Systems, we encourage you to visit the CDC website. They have a section dedicated to guidance for EMS.
DBC Ambulance Decontamination Protocols for In-House Service
Demers, Braun, and Crestline have remained open and operational throughout the pandemic. Ambulances save lives and it is our commitment to maintain support to customers for vehicle delivery and service, with adapted measures.
We are monitoring the situation for developments and efforts to minimize the spread of the COVID-19 virus and have put in place various measures needed to take care of our employees, customers, and partners.
When a truck is received for service, we will place the vehicle in a staging area for a 72-hour hold. After 72 hours, a cleaning crew will enter the vehicle in PPE. All doors will be left open and the exhaust vent will be turned on. Flat surfaces will be sanitized with a clean rag and approved bleach solution. Plexi/Lexan windows will be cleaned with soap and water. All cleaning materials and PPE will be properly disposed. The truck will then be ready for scheduled service work.
When service work is completed, any area of the truck our internal team has accessed will be cleaned again, following the same protocols as when the unit arrived at our facility. This will ensure the vehicle is safe for pickup and ready to be placed back in service immediately.
Ambulance Cleaning Procedures from Vendor Partners
Akron Brass and Weldon Products: To help prevent the spread of coronavirus and other infectious diseases, Akron Brass and Weldon has issued a Technical Bulletin for safely cleaning exposed surfaces such as displays, switches, and controllers. Please download and review the entire Technical Bulletin from Akron Brass here.
Stryker: Stryker offers a disinfecting wipe called SideKick. It has been tested to be 100% compatible on over 200+ materials used in their products. We encourage you to use them on Stryker products. We strongly advise against mixing these wipes with other cleaning products and/or using them throughout the ambulance. Plastic components, such as those found around the VistaScreen, appear to be susceptible to disintegration after prolonged use or in combination with other disinfectants. Please learn more about Stryker SideKick wipes on their website here.
STAY SAFE, STAY HEALTHY
Safety has always been a core value at Braun Ambulances. We want to do all we can to help protect EMS personnel, patients, and your emergency vehicles during this public health crisis. Thank you for all you are doing on the front lines; we are here to support you with anything you need.