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Table 3 Instructions for cleaning and sanitization of simulators and task trainers

From: COVID-19 crisis, safe reopening of simulation centres and the new normal: food for thought

  Standard cleaning Disinfection Additional instructions
Lifecast—Body Simulation Use a mild liquid soap solution. Use chemical disinfectants—according to the manufacturer’s instruction, these chemicals are indicated for silicone surfaces. Rinse thoroughly with clean water and leave to dry before storing it away.
Alcohol wipes (based on solutions > 60% alcohol) may also be used by gently rubbing the surface.
Mouth-to-mouth ventilation is not recommended.
For more info visit: https://www.lifecastbodysim.com/
Simulab Corporation Use a solution of mild liquid soap and warm water. Dry with a soft cloth. Spray isopropyl alcohol on the simulator and clean it with a soft cloth.
Alcohol is also effective in removing any stains.
Do not clean with chemical solvents.
Do not use abrasive sponges.
If the simulator includes electronic components, make sure that these are not exposed to any moisture.
Make sure the simulator is completely dry before storing it away.
For more info visit: https://www.simulab.com/covid-19-resource-center
Gaumard Use a cloth moistened with diluted liquid detergent (dish soap).   Clean any traces of adhesive with alcohol wipes.
Do not use solutions containing citric acid (it can cause corrosion).
Do not immerse the simulator in water.
For more info visit: https://www.gaumard.com/downloads
Operative Experience Cleaning simulators can be wiped clean with a simple solution of mild soap and water. Insert the vent plugs into the ventilation openings to protect the electronics when washing the unit.   For more info visit: https://operativeexperience.com/support/
3B Scientific Use a cloth moistened with a soap and water solution. Use a cloth moistened with alcohol. Do not use pure alcohol directly on the silicone.
Do not use abrasive or corrosive detergents.
For more info visit: https://www.3bscientific.it/
Laerdal Use a cloth moistened with a soap and water solution.
Facial skin and other rigid plastic parts can be disassembled and immersed in water at 60 – 70 °C containing dishwashing detergent for 20 minutes.
Rinse and dry the components thoroughly
The facial mask and facial connector of the simulator can be cleaned with sodium hypochlorite solution (NaClO). During a CPR session, thoroughly disinfect the face of the manikin after each use (student) using disinfectant wipes.
The airways are disposable and should be replaced after a CPR lesson if mouth-to-mouth ventilation has been performed.
For more info visit: https://laerdal.force.com/HelpCenter/s/article/Hygiene-and-cleaning-procedures-for-CPR-manikins
CAE Use a mild detergent and warm water to remove most marks and stains. Gently rub the soiled area with a soft cloth. Do not use abrasive soaps or pads.   For more info visit: https://caehealthcare.com/covid19/
Blue Phantom Cleaning your training model after each use, your training model can be easily cleaned using mild soapy water. For best results, mix one part liquid soap with one part tap water. Gently rinse the model with the soapy water to remove any accumulated debris. Use a clean, soft, lint-free cloth to dry after cleaning. Dry the model using a dabbing motion, rather than wiping or rubbing the model.   For more info visit: http://info.bluephantom.com/blue-phantom-user-guides
  1. Disclaimer: What is recommended in the above table derives from indications sent directly by Italian companies or distributors. The authors decline any responsibility for the information provided on this table