Steps to cleaning and maintaining manikin equipment (for instructors)
Safeguarding your students before, during, and after class is important! Now more than ever, we need to be vigilant in making sure we apply additional precautions and safe practices.
As a health and safety training organization, we've always required instructors to take special care of their training equipment. before, during, and after each class. It's an essential part of the instructional process. As you see from this ProTrainings video on cleaning and sanitizing equipment, we encourage you to have safe equipment and decontaminate your equipment to offer a worry-free environment for students to learn in.
Take a look at your manikin equipment...is it safe to use?
Equipment that is broken, cracked, or overworn should be discarded and never used for training. These are potentially hazardous to the student in many ways and can hold bacteria (that is unable to be cleaned out) in the cracks and broken areas.
Do you have your disinfection solution with you in class?
You should have a bottle of disinfection 10:1 solution (1 part bleach & 9 parts water) with you so that you can sanitize the equipment as recommended, before and after each use and when switching or sharing equipment between students.
Equipment decontamination steps:
- Spray down the manikins to saturation with the bleach solution
- Wipe them down "vigorously" with a clean towel getting the bleach solution into the nose, ears, and other skin folds of the manikin. Use as much of the solution and towels that you need to get the surface area clean.
- Follow up by spraying the manikin with a mist of the bleach solution and letting that set until dry (about 10 minutes).
- Once dry, wash your hands before inserting the lungs for your next students.
- Do these same steps (utilizing clean towels each time) when you switch out manikins and other equipment, such as bag valve masks and AED Trainers, between students.
Remember to wear gloves when removing and disposing of the lung inserts and when cleaning and separating the one-way valves from the rescue masks, The reuseable masks should be cleaned with warm-hot soapy water and let dry between uses. Any masks that cannot be cleaned safely should be disposed of and replaced.
If you still have questions, feel free to reach out to our instructor helpline by email at email@example.com or call us at 877-630-1310.