Room utilities

Carpeting should be avoided. If carpets are used, they must be of non-absorbent material with a close pile. Vinyl or similar covering with sealed joints and coving to the wall is preferred for ease of cleaning and maintenance, and to minimize the possibility of harboring organisms.

Clinical handwashing facilities are required in each room and in an isolation antechamber. A standard overflow-free basin without a plug and with an elbow-operated bi-flow tap should be supplied. Coat hooks should be available inside and outside the room; outer garments should be hung outside, but gowns used for source-isolated patients should be kept in the room, one to a hook, and hung inside out. Alternatively, disposable plastic aprons may be used. Aprons used in source isolation should be discarded before leaving the room. Equipment in the room should be kept to the necessary minimum.

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