How to Clean an Ambulance

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Keeping an ambulance clean is an everyday job. Dirt and germs can gather and grow, endangering you and your patients. Learn how to clean an ambulance properly in order to keep yourself safe.

Things You'll Need

  • Germicide spray
  • Bleach
  • Water
  • Bucket
  • Mop
  • Towels/rags
  • Red bio-hazard bags
  • Pull the cot out. Clean the cot thoroughly by spraying with germicide spray and letting it sit for 10 minutes before wiping down with towels (or follow manufacturers recommendations). Focus especially on places where patients touch, such as handrails and seatbelts.

  • Remove the mattress and spray that down as well. When wiping off the mattress, pay special attention to seams, folds and other places where germs, blood and vomit can hide.

  • Using towels and germicide spray, spray walls, seats, ceilings and desktops in the ambulance. Let the spray sit for 10 minutes before wiping off.

  • Using water and bleach (a 100 to 1 mixture), mop the ambulance floor. Let air dry.

  • Don't forget to wipe down steering wheels, armrests and other parts of the cab where you may have inadvertently spread your patient's bodily fluids.

  • Unless you have the proper facilities to clean the towels, place them in red bio-hazard bags and dispose of them. Wash the mop head in bleach and detergent.

Tips & Warnings

  • Change linen and pillows after every call to prevent transmission of blood-borne pathogens.
  • If you don't have a germicide spray product, use bleach and water. But remember to watch out for your clothing, as bleach can stain it.

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