How do you clean a gait belt.

by Barry Chapman
(Port Charlotte, FL)

Follow your company policy if they have one and they should.

I have heard of the following methods:

Cleaning Webbed Gait Belts: Webbed gait belts should be designated to one patient when placed into use. It should be laundered at least once a week or when grossly contaminated. It should be laundered after patient use is completed.

Cleaning Vinyl Gait Belts: Prior to contact with patient squirt hand sanitizer on a paper towel, wash cloth or your hands and rub it along the surface of the belt. Repeat this procedure after each use. You can also wash with soap and water when applicable. Never place vinyl gait belts in a dryer.

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