Equipment Issues

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cleaning between user groups
by Jayne Stone - Tuesday, February 20, 2018, 9:34 PM

What cleaning of the manikin do you do between user groups vs. the end of the day? Do you wipe down the manikin and bedrails, etc. with approved disinfectants between each learner group? Concern raised in our area about limiting the spread of illness between learners (especially during flu season) and lack of specific policies regarding disinfecting vs. general cleaning. Currently our sim center is in an acute care setting.

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Re: cleaning between user groups
by Hans Lamkin - Wednesday, February 21, 2018, 10:47 AM

Hi Jayne,

Gloves should always be worn when handling simulation manikins by anyone at anytime. This is primarily because the oils from human hands soak into the simulated skin of the manikin and turn the skin brown as time goes on.

I would not recommend ANY disinfectants to clean the manikin. Only mild soap and warm water to clean after each day of use. Our sim center does use GooGone to clean adhesive residue and moulage materials. However, we follow it up with mild soap and water after that.

Also, we wipe down the beds and surfaces as apart of our closing process using hospital approved disinfectant wipes.


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Re: cleaning between user groups
by Mary Anne Rizzolo - Wednesday, February 21, 2018, 11:28 AM

I suggest you contact the sales representative or the company that manufactured your manikin(s).  They are your best source of information.  Using certain cleaning solutions might invalidate your warranty for the product.