Policy Number


Access to Clean Beds - Procedure - NSHA AD-C3-040


This procedure provides direction to Nova Scotia Health Team Members for cleaning and preparing beds efficiently between patients. Improving the process for readying beds will decrease the amount of time patients are waiting following admission or transfer.

This procedure is associated with the Bed Management Dashboard. The dashboard will be used to track the number of currently clean and dirty patient beds at the QEII. Housekeeping will respond to pages alerting them to a dirty bed as soon as possible. Regular inpatient beds are to be cleaned within 45 minutes of Housekeeping receiving a page, while contaminated beds are to be cleaned within 2.5 hours (150 minutes) of receiving a page.

Housekeeping response times will be monitored and reported through the Bed Flow Alerts Dashboard.