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Cleaning Materials and Work Surfaces

Please see the section on Universal Precautions for information on handwashing, wearing gloves, and preventing spread of disease.


It is the responsibility of the student intern who provided the services to clean materials. Student interns are to wear gloves when cleaning any item or surface contaminated with body fluid.

Treatment materials and work surfaces require cleaning when they have been soiled or contaminated with any body fluid. Body fluid includes blood, mucous, emesis, urine, feces.  Use University approved cleaning supplies which are available in the clinic.

This printable document describes what to do to clean your therapy room after every session.

Cleaning Therapy Rooms (Word Document)

Cleaning Supplies

Cleaning supplies are located in each therapy room and in the student work room. If materials are running low, contact the Clinic Secretary for refills.

What to Clean

  • Clean therapy room surfaces after every session.
  • Clean any equipment used before putting them away.
  • Clean any soiled toys or storage containers before putting them away. 

Clean Surfaces to include tabletops, floors, light switches, mirrors, windows, seating surfaces, doorknobs, water table, and storage containers.

  • Wash the contaminated item or area with soap and hot water
  • In the spray bottles you will find a chlorine solution of 200 parts per million (1 Tablespoon household bleach per gallon of water). Disinfect the item or area with the chorine solution.


Food Preparation Utensils

  • Use disposable drinking cups, utensils, and serving dishes for use by clients.
  • Sanitize all multi-use food preparation utensils using the following 4 step process.
    • Wash with soap and water in the sink.
    • Rinse in hot water.
    • Sanitize using chlorine concentration of 100 parts per million (1/2 Tablespoon bleach per gallon of water).
    • Place on drain board to dry.


Augmentative/Alternative Communication Equipment and Computers
Students who use the AAC equipment or computers for therapy are responsible for surface cleaning of the equipment.

  • Students are to follow the manufacturer´s suggested cleaning protocol specific to the device they used.
  • AAC devices and computers should be cleaned, following manufacturer´s directions, after each therapy session.


Pocket Talker & DAF Headsets, artificial larynges

  • Clean the headsets and the artificial larynges using antiseptic towelettes, available in the CRC.


Audiological Equipment

  • Portable Audiometers: Earphone cushions and headbands should be wiped down with a clean, dry paper towel. This should be done between clients as well. Before the first use of the day, the earphones should be wiped with disinfecting towelettes included in the portable audiometer case. Hands should be washed between each client.
  • Audiology Booth: Earphone cushions and headband should be wiped down with a clean, dry paper towel and disinfecting towelettes. Before each client, the earphones and headband should be wiped down with a clean, dry paper towel. Hands should be washed before and after each client.
  • Audiology Lab Area: Disposable gloves should be used whenever performing otoscopy, middle ear immitance testing, and OAE testing. All impedance tips, probe tips, and otoscope specula should be placed in a container of Sporox after use, for sterilization. The tips should sit in the solution overnight.
  • Disposable gloves should always be worn when handling personal hearing aids, earmolds, and FM systems.


Diaper Changing

Care providers are responsible for changing a client´s diapers. Care providers are to be instructed to bring the child to the bathroom. Therapy rooms are not to be used for changing diapers. 

In the event that a student intern must help a child with a diaper change, observe the following procedure:

  • Bring the child to the bathroom and use the changing table if possible.
  • Use gloves when changing the diaper.
  • Place the soiled diaper in a plastic bag, seal it, and dispose of it in the bathroom garbage can.
  • Remove gloves, wash hands and don a fresh pair of gloves.
  • Clean and sanitize the changing area.
  • Remove gloves and wash hands.


Food Preparation Activities in Therapy

If food preparation activities are used as a part of a therapy or diagnostic session, the following procedures will be used.

  • Information regarding clients with food allergies is available in the case file and must be followed.
  • Clients and services providers must wash hands before beginning any food preparation activities.
  • Use disposable drinking cups, utensils, and serving dishes for use by clients.
  • Sanitize utensils using the procedures outlined above.
  • Use only clean, sanitized equipment, utensils, and surfaces for food preparation.



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