The CDC Isolation Guideline recommends that “noncritical equipment contaminated with blood, body fluids, secretions, or excretions be cleaned and disinfected after use.“
The same guideline recommends that, in addition to cleaning, disinfection of bedside equipment is indicated for certain pathogens, which can survive in the inanimate environment for prolonged periods. Noncritical medical equipment surfaces should be disinfected with an EPA-registered low or intermediate-level disinfectant. Use of a disinfectant will provide antimicrobial activity that is likely to be achieved with minimal additional cost or work.
The TubeCaddy is comprised of polypropylene plastic and a Velcro strip. TubeCaddy manufacturer, Whitney Medical Solutions™, recommends that users follow their facility's existing procedures for cleaning and disinfecting plastics such as polypropylene and hook-and-loop style straps such as Velcro.
- The Winnipeg (Canada) Regional Health Authority recommends that Velcro be cleaned by removing lint and soaking in a hospital-approved disinfectant, followed by allowing the strap to dry completely.
- The Velcro Product Care Guide recommends using a stiff brush or another piece of hook to remove lint, and advises that the hook portion should be covered at all times so it does not grab onto anything it should not, preventing debris collection. Engaging the hook and loop before washing is also recommended.