Title:
Cleaning System, Cleaning Devices, Instruction Insert, and Methods Therefor
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
One or more microfiber sheets (802,803,804,805,807) are joined together at a spine (806) to define a microfiber booklet (800). The microfiber sheets can joined together at the spine by stitching. The microfiber sheets can be manufactured from microfiber textile materials. The microfiber sheets can each be selectively movable about the spine like the pages of a book.



Inventors:
Henken, Megan (Wauconda, IL, US)
Mcnabb, Steve (Kenosha, WI, US)
Application Number:
15/407042
Publication Date:
05/04/2017
Filing Date:
01/16/2017
Assignee:
Medline Industries, Inc (Northfield, IL, US)
Primary Class:
International Classes:
G09B29/00; A47L13/16; G09B19/00
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Primary Examiner:
SUHOL, DMITRY
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
Philip H. Burrus, IV (Atlanta, GA, US)
Claims:
What is claimed is:

1. An apparatus comprising one or more microfiber sheets joined together at a spine to define a microfiber booklet.

2. The apparatus of claim 1, the one or more microfiber sheets joined together at the spine by stitching.

3. The apparatus of claim 1, the one or more microfiber sheets manufactured from microfiber textile materials.

4. The apparatus of claim 1, wherein each of the one or more microfiber sheets is selectively movable about the spine.

5. The apparatus of claim 1, wherein the microfiber booklet is color-coded to define a mnemonic device identifying a room to be cleaned by the microfiber booklet.

6. The apparatus of claim 5, wherein the microfiber booklet is green.

7. The apparatus of claim 5, wherein the microfiber booklet is blue.

8. The apparatus of claim 1, further comprising a teaching insert comprising indicia comprising an instruction to use a first sheet of the microfiber booklet first.

9. The apparatus of claim 8, the indicia further comprising turning instructions requesting use of the one or more microfiber sheets in a predefined order.

10. The apparatus of claim 8, the indicia further comprising a request to turn the one or more microfiber sheets about the spine.

11. The apparatus of claim 1, wherein each of the one or more microfiber sheets comprises numerical indicia selected from a plurality of sequential numerical indicia.

12. The apparatus of claim 11, the plurality of sequential numerical indicia indicating a predefined order in which to use the each of the one or more microfiber sheets.

13. The apparatus of claim 11, further comprising a visual indicator comprising the numerical indicia.

14. The apparatus of claim 13, the visual indicator defining a blue square with a white number disposed thereon.

15. The apparatus of claim 13, the visual indicator defining a green squares with numbers disposed thereon.

16. A method, comprising stitching one or more microfiber sheets together at a spine to create a microfiber booklet.

17. The method of claim 16, further comprising color-coding the one or more microfiber sheets.

18. The method of claim 16, further comprising attaching a visual indicator to each of the one or more microfiber sheets.

19. A method of cleaning, comprising: obtaining one or more microfiber sheets joined together at a spine to define a microfiber booklet; cleaning a first object with a first microfiber sheet of the microfiber booklet; turning the first microfiber sheet about the spine of the microfiber booklet; and cleaning a second object with a second microfiber sheet of the microfiber booklet.

20. The method of claim 19, further comprising identifying the first object as a function of a color-coding of the first microfiber sheet.

Description:

CROSS REFERENCE TO PRIOR APPLICATIONS

This application is a continuation application claiming priority under 35 USC §120 from U.S. application Ser. No. 15/194,252, filed Jun. 27, 2016, which is a continuation-in-part of U.S. application Ser. No. 14/828,272, filed Aug. 17, 2015, each which is incorporated by reference for all purposes.

BACKGROUND

Technical Field

This disclosure relates generally to cleaning systems, and more particularly to cleaning systems in accordance with predefined methods.

Background Art

Cleaning articles are frequently procured as generic, commodity components. For example, cleaning cloths may be purchased in a roll, with the technique, application, and usage of each sheet left entirely up to the end user. If the user has not been properly trained to use a particular cleaning article, they may in fact cause more contamination than they reduce. It is known, for instance, that cleaning towels and cloths accumulate numerous germs and bacteria during the cleaning process. When used inappropriately, especially within a healthcare setting, some cleaning products can actually increase the chance for transmitting infection. This problem is compounded when a user is attempting to clean rooms quickly, as they frequently fail to adequately clean contact surfaces. Moreover, even when cleaning slowly people often fail to adequately clean surfaces for a variety of reasons. These reasons include accidents, the fact that the person cleaning did not know the surface was to be cleaned, and so forth.

It would be advantageous to have an improved cleaning system teaching aid, and methods for cleaning articles, especially for use in health care applications.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 illustrates one explanatory embodiment of a teaching aid in accordance with one or more embodiments of the disclosure.

FIG. 2 illustrates another explanatory embodiment of a teaching aid in accordance with one or more embodiments of the disclosure.

FIG. 3 illustrated yet another explanatory embodiment of a teaching aid in accordance with one or more embodiments of the disclosure.

FIGS. 4-7 illustrate explanatory cleaning articles to be included in a system with a teaching insert in accordance with one or more embodiments of the disclosure.

FIG. 8 illustrates explanatory microfiber booklets in accordance with one or more embodiments of the disclosure.

FIG. 9 illustrates one explanatory microfiber booklet in an initial configuration in accordance with one or more embodiments of the disclosure.

FIG. 10 illustrates another explanatory microfiber booklet in an initial configuration in accordance with one or more embodiments of the disclosure.

FIG. 11 illustrates one explanatory microfiber booklet with one of the microfiber sheets folded down to expose additional numerical indicia in accordance with one or more embodiments of the disclosure.

FIG. 12 illustrates another explanatory microfiber booklet with one of the microfiber sheets folded down to expose additional numerical indicia in accordance with one or more embodiments of the disclosure.

FIG. 13 illustrates one explanatory cleaning package assembly in accordance with one or more embodiments of the disclosure.

FIG. 14 illustrates an explanatory method in accordance with one or more embodiments of the disclosure.

FIG. 15 illustrates yet another explanatory embodiment of a teaching aid in accordance with one or more embodiments of the disclosure.

FIG. 16 illustrates another explanatory method in accordance with one or more embodiments of the disclosure.

Skilled artisans will appreciate that elements in the figures are illustrated for simplicity and clarity and have not necessarily been drawn to scale. For example, the dimensions of some of the elements in the figures may be exaggerated relative to other elements to help to improve understanding of embodiments of the present disclosure.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

Embodiments of the disclosure are now described in detail. Referring to the drawings, like numbers indicate like parts throughout the views. As used in the description herein and throughout the claims, the following terms take the meanings explicitly associated herein, unless the context clearly dictates otherwise: the meaning of “a,” “an,” and “the” includes plural reference, the meaning of “in” includes “in” and “on.” Relational terms such as first and second, top and bottom, and the like may be used solely to distinguish one entity or action from another entity or action without necessarily requiring or implying any actual such relationship or order between such entities or actions. Also, reference designators shown herein in parenthesis indicate components shown in a figure other than the one in discussion. For example, talking about a device (10) while discussing figure A would refer to an element, 10, shown in figure other than figure A.

Embodiments of the disclosure provide methods and devices to assist in the training of medical personnel. Embodiments of the disclosure assist health care personnel in understanding how to clean a predefined area, such as a patient's room, in what particular order the portions of the area should be cleaned, and how to use cleaning articles included with a cleaning package assembly to provide a systematic approach that reduces the chance that a patient will acquire an infection.

In one embodiment, a teaching device that can be configured as a teaching aid or teaching insert in a cleaning package assembly that describes an order in which items in a predefined area, such as a hospital room, should be cleaned. A primary advantage of embodiments of the disclosure is that the teaching aid or insert, combined with the plurality of sequential numerical indicia defining a cleaning order for a predefined area that are included with the cleaning package assembly, encourages a person cleaning to identify the appropriate areas to be cleaned, thereby ensuring they will not be missed. Embodiments of the disclosure also encourage the person cleaning to clean those surfaces in the most efficient and sanitary way and/or order.

In one embodiment, a teaching aid includes a legend portion and a predefined area portion. The teaching aid is to assist teaching a cleaning order for a predefined area, such as a patient's hospital room. The legend portion can define a plurality of portions of the predefined area, while the predefined portion area pictorially illustrates the plurality of portions. In one embodiment, the legend portion can include one or more matrices that list, in a 1 X N matrix, restroom portions and patient room portions to be cleaned. These one or more matrices can be listed side-by-side, atop each other, or in other geometric relationships. In one embodiment, these matrices include a restroom matrix and an additional room matrix. In one embodiment, the additional room is a patient's portion of a hospital room that is exterior to the restroom.

In one embodiment, the items presented in each matrix are associated with a plurality of sequential numerical indicia. Said differently, in one embodiment the legend portion can define a plurality of sequential numerical indicia defining a predefined order in which the plurality of portions of a predefined area should be cleaned. In one embodiment, the restroom matrix includes a first subset of the plurality of sequential numerical indicia, while the additional room matrix includes a second subset of the plurality of sequential numerical indicia.

In one embodiment, the first subset and the second subset can be non-overlapping. Illustrating by example, in one embodiment the legend portion describes sixteen contact points within a hospital room, with eight set forth in the restroom matrix and eight set forth in the additional room matrix. These contact points can be numbered sequentially. Thus, the eight contact points within the hospital room may be numbered one through eight, while the eight contact points within the restroom matrix can be numbered nine through sixteen.

However, in other embodiments, the first subset and the second subset can be overlapping with other distinguishing features that indicate which subset applies to which area. For example, in one embodiment the legend portion describes fourteen contact points within a hospital room with eight set forth in the restroom matrix and eight set forth in the additional room matrix. These contact points can be numbered sequentially, but with common numbers set forth in each subset. Thus, the seven contact points within the hospital room may be numbered one through seven. Similarly, the seven contact points within the restroom matrix can be numbered one through seven.

However, so that the person employing the system, the contact points within the hospital room may be color-coded differently from those in the restroom. The contact points in the hospital room may be blue while the contact points in the restroom are green, and so forth. Accordingly, when a user is cleaning with sheets of a microfiber booklet, or alternatively with cleaning sheets, those materials can be color-coded so as to correspond with the color-coding of the numerical indicia. Accordingly, the user is provided with a mnemonic device with which they may instantly identify which cleaning article is to be used with which room.

In one embodiment, the additional room matrix can define additional room portions each associated with one of the plurality of sequential indicia on a one-to-one basis. Explanatory additional room portions of one illustrative embodiment include: bed rails; a nurse call device; a patient table; a remote control; a table; a television; a light switch; and doorknobs. Explanatory additional room portions of another illustrative embodiment include: a light switch and room inner door knob; a call box button and telephone; bedside rails and controls on remote control devices; bedside table handles; a tray table; a chair; and a room sink. Other additional room portions will be obvious to those of ordinary skill in the art having the benefit of this disclosure.

In one embodiment the restroom portions arranged in a predefined order, with each portion corresponding to the numbers one through eight, inclusive. In another embodiment, the restroom portions arranged in another predefined order, with each portion corresponding to the numbers one through seven, inclusive.

Similarly, the restroom matrix can define restroom portions each associated with one of the plurality of sequential indicia on a one-to-one basis. Explanatory restroom portions of one embodiment include: a toilet seat; hand rails; restroom walls; a toilet bowl; a storage area; a shower; a sink; and doorknobs. Explanatory restroom portions of another embodiment include: a bathroom inner door knob; a bathroom light switch; a bathroom sink; bathroom handrails by toilet; a toilet bedpan cleaner; a toilet flush handle; and a toilet seat. Other restroom portions will be obvious to those of ordinary skill in the art having the benefit of this disclosure.

In one embodiment the restroom portions arranged in one predefined order, with each portion corresponding to the numbers nine through sixteen, inclusive. In another embodiment the restroom portions arranged in another predefined order, with each portion corresponding to the numbers one through seven, inclusive.

In one embodiment, the predefined area portion includes a plurality of visual indicators assigned to the plurality of portions of the predefined area on a one-to-one basis, with each visual indicator comprising one of the plurality of sequential numerical indicia. For example, in one embodiment each of the plurality of visual indicators comprises a circle with a number superimposed on the circle. In another embodiment, each of the plurality of sequential numerical indicia comprises a square with a number superimposed on the circle.

In one or more embodiments, both the plurality of sequential numerical indicia and the plurality of visual indicators are color-coded. For example, in one embodiment the sequential numerical indicia corresponding to the predefined area portions of the restroom are color-coded green, as are the visual indicators that are to be placed in the restroom. Similarly, in one embodiment the sequential numerical indicia corresponding to the predefined area portions of the additional room are color-coded blue, as are the visual indicators that are to be placed in the additional room. In one or more embodiments, cleaning cloths or microfiber booklets can be color-coded to indicate which cleaning cloth, or alternatively which microfiber booklet, should be used to clean items upon which the commonly color-coded visual indicators are placed.

Accordingly, if the television of the patient's room is set forth as number six in the additional room matrix, the predefined area portion may include a pictorial illustration of the television with a circle with the number “6” illustrated graphically on the pictorial representation of the television. The other items of the predefined area can be similarly represented in the predefined area portion.

In one embodiment, sixteen contact points in a hospital room are numbered on the teaching aid in the order in which they should be cleaned. In another embodiment, fourteen contact points in a hospital room are numbered on the teaching aid in the order in which they should be cleaned. Other numbers of contact points will be obvious to those of ordinary skill in the art having the benefit of this disclosure. In either embodiment, personnel can begin with the number “1” and follow the numbers in order to ensure that all fourteen, sixteen, or other number of cleaning locations are cleaned in a predefined order.

In one or more embodiments, these numbers are arranged in a manner that increases efficiency by putting them in an order that logically follows a predefined flow throughout the room to ensure that all personnel clean in the same manner and same order to create a systematic approach that ensures compliance with hygiene standards. Supervisory personnel can follow-up with weekly spot checks or adenosine triphosphate meters to verify that each of the various contact points is being cleaned.

It should be noted that while a hospital room is used herein as an explanatory predefined area, embodiments of the disclosure are not so limited. The teaching aid, cleaning articles, and cleaning package assemblies of embodiments of the disclosure can also be used to clean hotel rooms, dormitory rooms, motel rooms, and other rooms as well. Still other predefined areas will be obvious to those of ordinary skill in the art having the benefit of this disclosure. The visual teaching aids and methods described below can be applied to a wide variety of predefined areas where various portions are to be cleaned sequentially.

Embodiments of the disclosure provide a teaching aid that simplifies the understanding of proper cleaning techniques. Identifying the proper order of cleaning a predefined area, as well as the proper way to use corresponding cleaning articles, is frequently confusing to cleaning personnel. However, the use of teaching aids configured in accordance with embodiments of the disclosure offers a teaching tool that is easily understandable by many types of learners. Accordingly, the use of teaching aids configured in accordance with embodiments of the disclosure results in rooms being more efficiently and accurately cleaned. This is important because the consequences of improper cleaning can result in an increased infection transmission rate.

Turning now to FIG. 1, illustrated therein is one embodiment of a visual teaching aid 100 configured in accordance with one or more embodiments of the disclosure. The visual teaching aid 100 is to assist in teaching a cleaning order for a predefined area, such as a patient's room in a hospital. In this embodiment, the visual teaching aid 100 of FIG. 1 is disposed along a substantially flat substrate 102, such as a piece of paper, poster board, cardboard, card stock, film, laminate, plastic sheeting, or other substantially flat substrate upon which printing can be disposed. In one or more embodiments where the substantially flat substrate 102 is paper-based, the visual teaching aid 100 can be laminated as well.

While the substantially flat substrate 102 is singular in the embodiment of FIG. 1, with all information disposed along a single major face of the substantially flat substrate 102, the visual teaching aid 100 could be configured in other ways as well. For example, the visual teaching aid 100 could be configured as a stack of cards, a stack of flash cards, a bi-fold, tri-fold, or multi-fold pamphlet, scroll, or booklet. Additionally, the substantially flat substrate 102 could be a garment, such as a t-shirt or other garment. In one embodiment, the substantially flat substrate 102 is configured as a folio or cover for a tablet computer or palm-top computer. The substantially flat substrate 102 could also be configured as a case for a laptop computer or a medical journal. Still other examples of substantially flat substrates will be obvious to those of ordinary skill in the art having the benefit of this disclosure. For example, as will be shown in FIG. 15 below, the visual teaching aid 100 could be configured for presentation on a tablet or other type of computer as well.

In one embodiment, the visual teaching aid 100 comprises a legend portion 103 and a predefined area portion 104. The legend portion 103 can define a plurality of portions 105 of the predefined area 106, while the predefined area portion 104 pictorially illustrates the plurality of portions 105. Illustrating by example, where the predefined area 106 is a patient's hospital room, the plurality of portions 105 may include bed rails, a nurse call device, a patient table, a remote control, a table, a television, a light switch, and doorknobs, with each of these being pictorially shown in the predefined area portion 104. These can be listed as text in the legend portion 103. They can then be pictorially illustrated in the predefined area portion 104 as shown in FIG. 1.

In one embodiment, the legend portion 103 further defines a plurality of sequential numerical indicia 107. In one embodiment, the plurality of sequential numerical indicia 107 indicates a predefined order in which the plurality of portions 105 of the predefined area 106 should be cleaned. In one embodiment, the plurality of sequential numerical indicia 107 comprises the numbers one through sixteen, inclusive. In one embodiment, the legend portion 103 can include a first subset 108 of the plurality of sequential numerical indicia 107. Similarly, the predefined area portion 104 can include a second subset 109 of the plurality of sequential numerical indicia 107.

In one embodiment, the first subset 108 and the second subset 109 are non-overlapping. For example, where the plurality of sequential numerical indicia 107 comprise the numbers one through sixteen, inclusive, the first subset 108 may include the numbers one through eight, inclusive, while the second subset 109 includes the numbers nine through sixteen, inclusive. Other non-overlapping subset subdivisions of the plurality of sequential numerical indicia 107 will be obvious to those of ordinary skill in the art having the benefit of this disclosure.

In another embodiment, the first subset 108 and the second subset 109 are sequential, but are overlapping. In such embodiments common sequences can be separated by room or other criteria. For example, where the plurality of sequential numerical indicia 107 comprise the numbers one through seven, inclusive, the first subset 108 may include the numbers one through seven, inclusive, while the second subset 109 also includes the numbers nine through seven, inclusive.

Where the first subset 108 and the second subset 109 are overlapping, other indicators can be used to identify whether the number “two,” for example, is associated with a first portion of the predefined area 106 or a second portion of the predefined area 106. In one embodiment, color-coding provides the additional indicator to indicate whether particular numerical indicia correspond to a first portion of the predefined area 106 or a second portion of the predefined area 106. Other indicators suitable for distinguishing multiple usages of overlapping numerical indicia will be obvious to those of ordinary skill in the art having the benefit of this disclosure. Additionally, other overlapping subsets of the plurality of sequential numerical indicia 107 will be obvious to those of ordinary skill in the art having the benefit of this disclosure. While sixteen and fourteen subsets are used herein illustratively, other quantities can be used as well.

In one or more embodiments, the first subset 108 and the second subset 109 can be arranged in a predefined order. In one embodiment, the predefined order is an ascending order indicating in which order the plurality of portions 105 should be cleaned. For example, where the first subset 108 includes the numbers one through eight, inclusive, and the predefined order is an ascending order, a person should clean portion one prior to portion two, portion two prior to portion three, and so forth. Similarly, where the first subset 108 includes the numbers one through seven, inclusive, and the predefined order is an ascending order, a person should clean portion one prior to portion two, portion two prior to portion three, and so forth.

Thus, where the predefined area 106 is a patient's hospital room and the plurality of portions 105 may include bed rails, a nurse call device, a patient table, a remote control, a table, a television, a light switch, and doorknobs, the legend portion 103 may list these items with the plurality of sequential numerical indicia 107 in the first subset 108 as follows: 1—bed rails, 2—a nurse call device, 3—a patient table, 4—a remote control, 5—a table, 6—a television, 7—a light switch, and 8—doorknobs. In another embodiment where the predefined area 106 is a patient's hospital room and the plurality of portions 105 include a light switch, a room inner door knob, a call box button, a telephone, bedside rails, controls on remote control devices, bedside table handles, a tray table, a chair, and a room sink, some of these elements can be combined together to reduce the number of indicia appearing in the first subset 108 to a predefined limit, such as seven. Accordingly, in one embodiment the legend portion 103 may list these items with the plurality of sequential numerical indicia 107 in the first subset 108 as follows: 1—a light switch and room inner door knob, 2—a call box button and telephone, 3—bedside rails and controls on remote control devices, 4—bedside table handles, 5—a tray table, 6—a chair, and 7—a room sink.

In one or more embodiments, the legend portion 103 comprises one or more matrices. For example, in FIG. 1 the legend portion 103 comprises a first matrix 112 and a second matrix 113. In one embodiment, each of the first matrix 112 and the second matrix 113 comprises a 1×N matrix where N refers to the number of portions of the predefined area 106 found in that matrix. While the first matrix 112 and the second matrix 113 are shown side-by-side in the illustrative embodiment of FIG. 1, they could be arranged in other ways as well. For example, as will be shown below in FIG. 3, in another embodiment they are arranged atop each other. Other geographic relationships between the first matrix 112 and the second matrix 113 will be obvious to those of ordinary skill in the art having the benefit of this disclosure.

In one embodiment, the first matrix 112 and the second matrix 113 refer to different rooms within the predefined area 106. For example, in one embodiment the first matrix 112 corresponds to portions of the predefined area 106 disposed outside the restroom portion 114, while the second matrix 113 corresponds to portions of the predefined area 106 disposed within the restroom portion 114.

Where the predefined area 106 is a hospital room, the first matrix 112 may correspond to the patient portion of the hospital room while the second matrix 113 corresponds to the restroom portion 114 of the hospital room. Thus, while one plurality of portions 105 of the predefined area 106 found in the first matrix 112 may be bed rails, a nurse call device, a patient table, a remote control, a table, a television, a light switch, and doorknobs, another plurality of portions 115 of the predefined area 106 found in the second matrix 113 may include a toilet seat, a toilet seat, hand rails, restroom walls, a toilet bowl, a storage area, a shower, a sink, and doorknobs. Other examples of portions will be illustrated below with reference to FIG. 3. Still others will be obvious to those of ordinary skill in the art having the benefit of this disclosure. In one embodiment, the first matrix 112 and the second matrix 113 are arranged in a single column having N rows as shown in FIG. 1.

The number of portions found in each of the first matrix 112 and the second matrix 113 will vary based upon the type of predefined area 106. For example, if the predefined area 106 is a hospital room, a first number of items will be found in the first matrix 112 and second matrix 113. However, if the predefined area 106 is a hotel room, that number will change. Some predefined areas will have many portions, while others will have only a few.

In one or more embodiments, the predefined area portion 104 includes a plurality of visual indicators 110 that are assigned to the plurality of portions 105 of the predefined area 106. In one embodiment, the plurality of visual indicators 110 are assigned to the plurality of portions 105 of the predefined area 106 on a one-to-one basis such that each portion has one visual indicator. In one embodiment, each of the plurality of visual indicators 110 comprises one of the plurality of sequential numerical indicia 107. Thus, if the bed rails are number one, the visual indicator 111 assigned to the bed rails would include the number one disposed thereon. As shown in FIG. 1, in one or more embodiments each visual indicator of the plurality of visual indicators 110 comprises a circle with a number superimposed on the circle. In one or more embodiments, the circles can be color-coded as well. This will be described in more detail with reference to FIGS. 2 and 3.

In one or more embodiments, other indicia 116 can be presented on the visual teaching aid 100 as well. For example, in this illustrative embodiment the other indicia 116 comprise a pictorial panel in which a picture of a predefined activity can be illustrated. In one embodiment where the visual teaching aid 100 is to assist in teaching a cleaning order for the predefined area 106, the pictorial panel may comprise an image showing a proper cleaning technique to be applied to the plurality of portions 105 of the predefined area 106 listed in the first matrix 112 and second matrix 113, respectively. Other pictorial and non-pictorial information suitable for inclusion with the other indicia 116 will be obvious to those of ordinary skill in the art having the benefit of this disclosure.

Turning now to FIG. 2, illustrated therein is an explanatory teaching aid configured as a teaching insert 200 to be included with a cleaning package assembly, one of which will be shown below with reference to FIG. 13.

In the explanatory teaching insert 200 of FIG. 2, the predefined area (106) comprises a hospital room. The additional room portion 204 of this teaching insert 200 illustrated the hospital room pictorially as a floor plan 243. As noted above, other types of predefined areas can be substituted for the hospital room, including motel rooms, banquet rooms, restaurant dining rooms, locker rooms, classrooms, bathrooms, spas, sports stadiums, municipal and government buildings, and so forth.

As with the visual teaching aid (100) of FIG. 1, the teaching insert is disposed along a flat substrate and includes a legend portion 203 and an additional room portion 204. Here, the predefined area 206 is a hospital room. Accordingly, the legend portion 203 is subdivided into an additional room matrix 212 for the patient portion of the hospital room exterior to the restroom portion 214 and a restroom matrix 213 for the restroom portion 214 of the hospital room.

As with the embodiment of FIG. 1, the legend portion 203 can define a plurality of portions of the hospital room, with each being listed in the legend portion 203 and shown pictorially in the additional room portion 204. In one embodiment, the restroom matrix 213 comprises a first subset 209 of a plurality of sequential numerical indicia 207, while the additional room matrix 212 comprises a second subset 208 of the plurality of sequential numerical indicia 207. In one embodiment, the first subset 209 and the second subset 208 are non-overlapping.

As shown in FIG. 2, each of the restroom matrix 213 and the additional room matrix 212 comprise a 1×N matrix arranged in a column. A header 220,221 appears at the top of the additional room matrix 212 and the restroom matrix 213, respectively. Beneath the header 220,221 are found the first subset 209 and second subset 208 of the plurality of sequential numerical indicia 207. Here, the second subset 208 comprises the numbers one through eight, inclusive, while the first subset 209 comprises the numbers nine through sixteen, inclusive.

In one embodiment, the restroom matrix 213 further defines restroom portions that are each associated with one of the plurality of sequential numerical indicia 207 on a one-to-one basis. In this illustrative embodiment, the restroom portions comprise a toilet seat 222, handrails 223, restroom walls 224, a toilet bowl 225, a storage area 226, a shower 227, a sink 228, and doorknobs 229. Each of these items is illustrated pictorially in the additional room portion 204, and more particularly in the restroom portion 214.

In one embodiment, these restroom portions are arranged in a predefined order in accordance with the plurality of sequential numerical indicia 207. For example, in this illustrative embodiment the toilet seat 222 corresponds to the number nine, the handrails 223 correspond to the number ten, the restroom walls 224 correspond to the number eleven, the toilet bowl 225 corresponds to the number twelve, the storage area 226 corresponds to the number thirteen, the shower 227 corresponds to the number fourteen, the sink 228 corresponds to the number fifteen, and the doorknobs 229 correspond to the number sixteen. Accordingly, a person cleaning these portions would start with the portion associated with the number nine, i.e., the toilet seat 222, and then move sequentially through the portions in accordance with the plurality of sequential numerical indicia 207 to the number sixteen.

Similarly, in one embodiment the additional room matrix 212 defines additional room portions that are each associated with one of the plurality of sequential numerical indicia 107 on a one-to-one basis. In this illustrative embodiment, the additional room portions comprise bed rails 230, a nurse call device 231, a patient table 232, a remote control 233, a table 234, a television 235, a light switch 236, and doorknobs 237. Each of these items is then illustrated pictorially in the additional room portion 204, and more particularly in the patient room 268.

In one embodiment, these additional room portions are arranged in a predefined order in accordance with the plurality of sequential numerical indicia 207. For example, in this illustrative embodiment the bed rails 230 correspond to the number one, the nurse call device 231 corresponds to the number two, the patient table 232 corresponds to the number three, the remote control 233 corresponds to the number four, the table 234 corresponds to the number five, the television 235 corresponds to the number six, the light switch 236 corresponds to the number seven, and the doorknobs 237 correspond to the number eight. Accordingly, a person cleaning these portions would start with the portion associated with the number one, i.e., the bed rails 230, and then move sequentially through the portions in accordance with the plurality of sequential numerical indicia 207 to the number eight.

When cleaning the entire predefined portion, a person would clean the items in the additional room matrix 212 prior to the items in the restroom matrix 213 in this embodiment. For example, the person would start with the patient room 268, cleaning the portion associated with the number one, i.e., the bed rails 230, first. The person would then move sequentially through the portions in accordance with the plurality of sequential numerical indicia 207 to the number eight, i.e., the doorknobs 237. Next, the person would move to the restroom portion 214, cleaning the portion associated with the number nine, i.e., the toilet seat 222, initially. The person would then move sequentially through the portions in accordance with the plurality of sequential numerical indicia 207 to the number sixteen, i.e., the doorknobs 229, to complete the cleaning of the predefined area 206.

To make things easier for the person, rather than having to read the restroom matrix 213 and the additional room matrix 212, the corresponding items disposed therein, and the plurality of sequential numerical indicia 207, the additional room portion 204 can include a pictorial illustration of the hospital room with each item shown pictorially as well. A plurality of visual indicators can be assigned to the plurality of portions of the predefined area on a one-to-one basis. In this illustrative example, the bed rails 230 correspond to a first visual indicator 238, the nurse call device 231 corresponds to a second visual indicator 239, the patient table 232 corresponds to a third visual indicator 240, the remote control 233 corresponds to a fourth visual indicator 241, the table 234 corresponds to a fifth visual indicator 242, the television 235 corresponds to a sixth visual indicator 245, the light switch 236 corresponds to a seventh visual indicator 246, and the doorknobs 237 correspond to an eighth visual indicator 247. Similarly, in one embodiment the toilet seat 222 corresponds to a ninth visual indicator 248, the handrails 223 correspond to a tenth visual indicator 249, the restroom walls 224 correspond to an eleventh visual indicator 250, the toilet bowl 225 corresponds to a twelfth visual indicator 251, the storage area 226 corresponds to a thirteenth visual indicator 252, the shower 227 corresponds to a fourteenth visual indicator 253, the sink 228 corresponds to a fifteenth visual indicator 254, and the doorknobs 229 correspond to a sixteenth visual indicator 255.

In one embodiment, each visual indicator 238,239,240,241,242,245,256,247,248,249, 250,251,252,253,254,255,256 is configured as a circle with a number superimposed upon the circle. For example, in one embodiment the first visual indicator 238 is a circle with the number one superimposed on the circle, while the second visual indicator 239 is a circle with the number two superimposed on the circle and so forth. In one embodiment, each visual indicator 238,239, 240,241,242,245,256,247,248,249, 250,251,252,253,254,255,256 is color coded as well. For example, in one embodiment the visual indicators 238,239,240,241,242,245,256,247,248 set forth in the additional room matrix 212 each comprise blue circles with white numbers disposed thereon, while the visual indicators 249, 250,251,252,253,254,255,256 in the restroom matrix 213 each comprise red circles or green circles. This color-coding allows a person cleaning the predefined area 206 to quickly identify which portions of the predefined area 206 are to be cleaned first and which are to be cleaned second.

In this illustrative embodiment, the other indicia 216 comprises a pictorial representation of a gloved hand 256 cleaning a surface 258 with a cleaning cloth 257. As noted above, if a particular user has not been properly trained to use a particular cleaning article, they may in fact cause more contamination than they reduce. Accordingly, in one embodiment the teaching insert 200 can include a pictorial representation of a gloved hand 256 cleaning a surface 258 with a cleaning cloth 257 to provide yet even further instruction regarding proper cleaning techniques.

Turning now to FIG. 3, illustrated therein is another explanatory teaching aid configured as a teaching insert 300 to be included with a cleaning package assembly, one of which will be shown below with reference to FIG. 13.

In the explanatory teaching insert 300 of FIG. 3, the predefined area (106) again comprises a hospital room. The additional room portion 304 of this teaching insert 300 illustrated the hospital room pictorially as a floor plan 370. In contrast to the floor plan (243) of FIG. 2, which was shown in a plan view, the floor plan 370 of FIG. 3 is shown in a three-dimensional isometric view. As noted above, other types of predefined areas can be substituted for the hospital room, including motel rooms, banquet rooms, restaurant dining rooms, locker rooms, classrooms, bathrooms, spas, sports stadiums, municipal and government buildings, and so forth. Additionally, while three-dimensional isometric view and plan view are two ways in which the floor plan 370 can be shown, others can be used as well. For example, in another embodiment the floor plan 370 is shown as a three-dimensional physical model. In another embodiment, the floor plan 370 is shown as a “360-degree” virtual reality video. In yet another embodiment, the floor plan 370 is shown as a hologram. Other methods for presenting and displaying the floor plan 370 will be obvious to those of ordinary skill in the art having the benefit of this disclosure.

As with the visual teaching aid (100) of FIG. 1, the teaching insert 300 includes a legend portion 303 and an additional room portion 304. Here, the predefined area 306 is a hospital room. Accordingly, the legend portion 303 is subdivided into an additional room matrix 312 for the patient portion of the hospital room exterior to the restroom portion 314 and the restroom matrix 313 for the restroom portion 314 of the hospital room. In contrast to the legend portion (203) of FIG. 2, where the additional room matrix (212) for the patient portion of the hospital room exterior to the restroom portion (214) and the restroom matrix (213) for the restroom portion (214) of the hospital room were shown side by side, here the additional room matrix 312 for the patient portion of the hospital room exterior to the restroom portion 314 and the restroom matrix 313 for the restroom portion 314 of the hospital room are placed atop each other. Other geographical relationships between the additional room matrix 312 and the restroom matrix 313 will be obvious to those of ordinary skill in the art having the benefit of this disclosure.

As with the embodiment of FIG. 1, the legend portion 303 can define a plurality of portions of the hospital room, with each being listed in the legend portion 303 and shown pictorially in the additional room portion 304. In one embodiment, the restroom matrix 313 comprises a first subset 309 of a plurality of sequential numerical indicia 307, while the additional room matrix 312 comprises a second subset 308 of the plurality of sequential numerical indicia 307. In contrast to the embodiment of FIG. 2, where the first subset (209) and the second subset (208) were non-overlapping, here the first subset 309 and the second subset 308 are overlapping, and include sequential numerical indicia 307 one through seven, inclusive.

As shown in FIG. 3, each of the restroom matrix 313 and the additional room matrix 312 comprise a 1×N matrix arranged in a column. A header 320,321 appears at the top of the additional room matrix 312 and the restroom matrix 313, respectively. Beneath the header 320,321 are found the first subset 309 and second subset 308 of the plurality of sequential numerical indicia 307. Here, the second subset 308 comprises the numbers one through seven, inclusive, while the first subset 309 also comprises the numbers one through seven, inclusive.

In one embodiment, the restroom matrix 313 further defines restroom portions that are each associated with one of the plurality of sequential numerical indicia 307 on a one-to-one basis. In this illustrative embodiment, the restroom portions comprise a bathroom inner doorknob 322, a bathroom light switch 323, a bathroom sink 324, bathroom handrails by toilet 325, a toilet bedpan cleaner 326, a toilet flush handle 327, and a toilet seat 328. Each of these items is illustrated pictorially in the additional room portion 304, and more particularly in the restroom portion 414.

In one embodiment, these restroom portions are arranged in a predefined order in accordance with the plurality of sequential numerical indicia 307. Some of the elements can be combined so as to keep the number of sequential numerical indicia 307 limited below a predefined threshold, such as seven. For example, in this illustrative embodiment the bathroom inner doorknob 322 corresponds to the number one, the bathroom light switch 323 corresponds to the number two, the bathroom sink 324 corresponds to the number three, the bathroom handrail by the toilet 325 corresponds to the number four, the toilet bedpan cleaner 326 corresponds to the number five, the toilet flush handle 327 corresponds to the number six, and the toilet seat 328 corresponds to the number seven. Accordingly, a person cleaning these portions would start with the portion associated with the number one, i.e., bathroom inner doorknob 322, and then move sequentially through the portions in accordance with the plurality of sequential numerical indicia 307 to the number seven.

Similarly, in one embodiment the additional room matrix 312 defines additional room portions that are each associated with one of the plurality of sequential numerical indicia 207 on a one-to-one basis. As before, some of the elements can be combined so as to keep the number of sequential numerical indicia 307 limited below a predefined threshold, such as seven. For example, in this illustrative embodiment the additional room portions comprise a light switch 329 and room inner doorknob 330, a call box button 331 and telephone 332, bedside rails 333 and controls 334 on remote control devices, bedside table handles 335, a tray table 336, a chair 337, and a room sink 338. Each of these items is then illustrated pictorially in the additional room portion 304, and more particularly in the patient room 368.

In one embodiment, these additional room portions are arranged in a predefined order in accordance with the plurality of sequential numerical indicia 307. For example, in this illustrative embodiment the light switch 329 and room inner doorknob 330 correspond to the number one, the call box button 331 and telephone 332 correspond to the number two, the bedside rails 333 and controls 334 on remote control devices correspond to the number three, the bedside table handles 335 correspond to the number four, the tray table 336 corresponds to the number five, the chair 337 corresponds to the number six, and the room sink 338 corresponds to the number seven. Accordingly, a person cleaning these portions would start with the portion associated with the number one, i.e., the light switch 329 and room inner doorknob 330, and then move sequentially through the portions in accordance with the plurality of sequential numerical indicia 307 to the number eight.

When cleaning the entire predefined portion, a person would clean the items in the additional room matrix 312 prior to the items in the restroom matrix 313 in this embodiment. For example, the person would start with the patient room 368, cleaning the portion associated with the number one, i.e., the light switch 329 and room inner doorknob 330, first. The person would then move sequentially through the portions in accordance with the plurality of sequential numerical indicia 307 to the number seven, i.e., the room sink 338. Next, the person would move to the restroom portion 314, cleaning the portion associated with the number one, i.e., the bathroom inner doorknob 322, initially. The person would then move sequentially through the portions in accordance with the plurality of sequential numerical indicia 307 to the number seven, i.e., the toilet seat 328, to complete the cleaning of the predefined area 306.

To make things easier for the person, rather than having to read the restroom matrix 313 and the additional room matrix 312, the corresponding items disposed therein, and the plurality of sequential numerical indicia 307, the additional room portion 304 can include a pictorial illustration of the hospital room with each item shown pictorially as well. A plurality of visual indicators can be assigned to the plurality of portions of the predefined area on a one-to-one basis. In this illustrative example, the light switch 329 and room inner doorknob 330 correspond to the first visual indicator 339, the call box button 331 and telephone 332 correspond to the second visual indicator 340, the bedside rails 333 and controls 334 on remote control devices correspond to the third visual indicator 341, the bedside table handles 335 correspond to the fourth visual indicator 342, the tray table 336 corresponds to the fifth visual indicator 343, the chair 337 corresponds to the sixth visual indicator 344, and the room sink 338 corresponds to the seventh visual indicator 345.

Similarly, in one embodiment the bathroom inner doorknob 322 corresponds to the an eight visual indicator 346, the bathroom light switch 323 corresponds to a ninth visual indicator 347, the bathroom sink 324 corresponds to a tenth visual indicator 348, the bathroom handrail by the toilet 325 corresponds to an eleventh visual indicator 349, the toilet bedpan cleaner 326 corresponds to a twelfth visual indicator 350, the toilet flush handle 327 corresponds to a thirteenth visual indicator 351, and the toilet seat 328 corresponds to a fourteenth visual indicator 352.

In one embodiment, each visual indicator 339,340,341,342,343,344,345,356,347,348, 349, 350,351,352 is configured as a square with a number superimposed upon the square. For example, in one embodiment the first visual indicator 339 is a square with the number one superimposed on the circle, while the second visual indicator 340 is a square with the number two superimposed on the circle and so forth.

In one embodiment, each visual indicator 339,340,341,342,343,344,345,356,347,348, 349, 350,351,352 is color coded as well. For example, in one embodiment the visual indicators 339,340,341,342,343,344,345 set forth in the additional room matrix 312 each comprise blue squares with white numbers disposed thereon, while the visual indicators 339,340,341,342,343, 344,345,356,347,348, 349, 350,351,352 in the restroom matrix 313 each comprise red squares or green squares. This color-coding allows a person cleaning the predefined area 306 to quickly identify which portions of the predefined area 306 are to be cleaned first and which are to be cleaned second.

In this illustrative embodiment, the other indicia 316 comprise instructional information regarding how to use a microfiber booklet 356 in accordance with embodiments of the disclosure. Microfiber booklets 356 will be described in more detail below with reference to FIGS. 8-12 below. In one embodiment, the other indicia 316 comprise an instruction to use a first sheet 357 of a first microfiber booklet 358 first. The instructions can further request a user turn 359 sheets 360 of the microfiber booklet 358 as well. Additional turning instructions 361,362 can be provided as well to ensure that the user uses every sheet of the microfiber booklet 358 in the desired order to clean the various portions and contact surfaces and points of the rooms in the desired order. As noted above, if a particular user has not been properly trained to use a particular cleaning article, they may in fact cause more contamination than they reduce. Accordingly, in one embodiment the teaching insert 300 can include a pictorial representation how to use microfiber booklets 356 to provide yet even further instruction regarding proper cleaning techniques.

The teaching insert 300 of FIG. 3, or alternatively the teaching insert (200) of FIG. 2, can be included with a cleaning package assembly, as will be shown below with reference to FIG. 13. In one or more embodiments, the cleaning package assembly includes the teaching insert 300,(200) and one or more cleaning cloths. Alternatively, in other embodiments, the cleaning package assembly includes the teaching insert 300,(200) and one or more microfiber booklets 356. FIGS. 4-7 illustrate explanatory cleaning cloths, while FIGS. 8-12 illustrate explanatory microfiber booklets. Other types of cleaning tools suitable for inclusion with the teaching insert 300,(200) will be obvious to those of ordinary skill in the art having the benefit of this disclosure.

Beginning with FIGS. 4-7, illustrated therein are explanatory cleaning cloths configured in accordance with one or more embodiments of the disclosure. FIG. 4 illustrates a front side 401 of a first cleaning cloth 400, while FIG. 5 illustrated the rear side 501 of the first cleaning cloth 400. Similarly, FIG. 6 illustrates the front side 601 of a second cleaning cloth 600, while FIG. 7 illustrated the rear side 701 of the second cleaning cloth 600.

In one or more embodiments, each cleaning cloth 400,600 defines a plurality of portions thereof. For example, in one embodiment the front side 401 of the first cleaning cloth defines a first portion 402, a second portion 403, a third portion 404, and a fourth portion 405. The rear side 401 of the first cleaning cloth 400 then defines a fifth portion 502, a sixth portion 503, a seventh portion 504, and an eighth portion 505. Similarly, the first side 601 of the second cleaning cloth 600 defines a first portion 602, a second portion 603, a third portion 604, and a fourth portion 605, while the second side 701 of the second cleaning cloth 600 defines a fifth portion 702, a sixth portion 703, a seventh portion 704, and an eighth portion 705. In one or more embodiments, each portion of the plurality of portions comprises one of the plurality of sequential numerical indicia (207,307) indicia to indicate the order of using the plurality of portions.

Illustrating by example, in one embodiment the first portion 402 of the first cleaning cloth 400 includes the first visual indicator 238,(339), while the second portion 403 includes the second visual indicator 239,(340). Similarly the third portion 404 includes the third visual indicator 240,(341), while the fourth portion 405 includes the fourth visual indicator 241,(342). The fifth portion 502 includes the fifth visual indicator (not shown due to the first portion 402 being flipped over) and the sixth portion 503 includes the sixth visual indicator 245,(344). The seventh portion 504 includes the seventh visual indicator 246,(345), while the eighth portion 505 includes the eighth visual indicator 247 (where included).

In one embodiment, the first portion 602 of the second cleaning cloth 600 includes the ninth visual indicator 248,(347), while the second portion 603 includes the tenth visual indicator 249,(348). Similarly the third portion 604 includes the eleventh visual indicator 250,(349), while the fourth portion 605 includes the twelfth visual indicator 251,(350). The fifth portion 702 includes the thirteenth visual indicator 252,(351), and the sixth portion 703 includes the fourteenth visual indicator 253,(352). The seventh portion 704 includes the fifteenth visual indicator 254, while the eighth portion 705 includes the sixteenth visual indicator (not shown due to the fourth portion 305 being flipped over).

The inclusion of the visual indicators along the portions of the first cleaning cloth 400 and second cleaning cloth 600, respectively, provides a mnemonic device teaching a user which portion of the cloth should be used to clean a portion of the predefined area shown on the teaching insert. Moreover, using two cleaning cloths 400,600 with eight portions each, when the first subset of the plurality of sequential numerical indicia set forth on the teaching insert correspond to the bathroom of a hospital room, and the second subset of the plurality of sequential numerical indicia correspond to the patient room of a hospital room, with the first subset and the second subset non-overlapping, and the plurality of sequential numerical indicia comprising the numbers one through sixteen, inclusive, the entire hospital room can be cleaned only using two cleaning cloths 400,600.

In one or more embodiments, each of the first cleaning cloth 400 and the second cleaning cloth 600 has dimensions of either twelve by twelve inches or sixteen by sixteen inches. These dimensions, being larger than the ordinary human hand, allow for a “flip and fold” technique where each portion of the cleaning cloths 400,600 can be used on a particular portion of the hospital room. For example, the first portion 402 of the front side 401 of the first cleaning cloth 400 can be used to clean the bed rails (230) of the hospital room, while the second portion 403 of the front side 401 of the first cleaning cloth 400 can be used to clean the nurse call device (231) when using the teaching insert (200) of FIG. 2 as a guide.

The provision of these portions of the cleaning cloths 400,460 also serves as another mnemonic indicator that the person cleaning the hospital room should not “wad” or “crumple” the cloths, which can result in portions of the cloth not being used before the cloth becomes contaminated with bacteria. The provision of these portions of the cleaning cloths 400,600 also serves as another mnemonic indicator that prevents the cross contamination of germs and other microorganisms by providing separate quadrants of separate sides of each cloth that should be used only to clean one item. The implicit practice of “flipping and folding” each cloth in accordance with the visual indicators works to reduce both problems, as well as preventing a person from forgetting which parts of each cleaning cloth 400,600 have already been used. It further works to prevent improper folding that can cause cross contamination as well. The cleaning cloths 400,600 of FIGS. 4-7 are simple to use, especially when used in conjunction with the teaching insert (200) of FIG. 2.

Turning now to FIG. 8, illustrated therein are explanatory microfiber booklets 801,808 configured in accordance with one or more embodiment of the disclosure. In this embodiment, rather than having cleaning cloths, one or more microfiber sheets 802,803,804,805, each manufactured from microfiber textile materials or other similar materials, are joined together at a spine 806 by stitching or other coupling techniques. Each of these microfiber sheets 802,803,804,805 can be flipped about the spine 806 like pages of a book to clean the various portions of a hospital room or other space. In contrast to the cleaning cloths (400,600) of FIGS. 4-7, where only portions of each cloth were used to clean particular areas, in the embodiment of FIG. 8 entire microfiber sheets 802,803,804,805 can be used to clean an area. Thus, using the microfiber booklets 801,808 requires less cleaning cloth management in that an entire microfiber sheet 802,803,804,805 surface can be used for cleaning a particular item rather than just apportion of a cleaning cloth (400,600) as previously described.

In one or more embodiments, each microfiber sheet 802,803,804,805 comprises one of the plurality of sequential numerical indicia (207,307) indicia to indicate the order of using each microfiber sheet 802,803,804,805. Illustrating by example, in one embodiment the first microfiber sheet 802 of the first microfiber booklet 801 includes the first visual indicator (238),339, while the reverse side of the first microfiber sheet 802 includes the second visual indicator (239,340). Similarly the second microfiber sheet 803 of the first microfiber booklet 801 comprises the third visual indicator (240), 341, and so forth. In one embodiment, the first microfiber sheet 807 of the second microfiber booklet 808 can have the eighth visual indicator (247),346, while the reverse side includes the ninth visual indicator (248), 347, and so forth.

The inclusion of the visual indicators along the microfiber sheets 802,803,804,805,807 of the first microfiber booklet 801 and second microfiber booklet 808, respectively, provides a mnemonic device teaching a user which microfiber sheet 802,803,804,805,807 should be used to clean a portion of the predefined area shown on the teaching insert. Moreover, using two microfiber booklets 801,808 with four sheets each, when the first subset of the plurality of sequential numerical indicia set forth on the teaching insert correspond to the bathroom of a hospital room, and the second subset of the plurality of sequential numerical indicia correspond to the patient room of a hospital room, with the first subset and the second subset overlapping, and the plurality of sequential numerical indicia comprising the numbers one through seven, inclusive, the entire hospital room can be cleaned only using two microfiber booklets.

Turning now to FIGS. 9 and 10, to use each microfiber booklet 801,808, one starts with the outermost microfiber sheet 802,807, as indicated by the visual indicators 339,346. In one embodiment, the microfiber booklets 801,808 are color-coded so that one can quickly identify, through the mnemonic device provided by the color-coding, which microfiber booklet 801,808 should be used with which room portion.

In one embodiment, for example, microfiber booklet 801 is green, while microfiber booklet 808 is blue. Recall from above that in one or more embodiments each visual indicator (339,340,341,342,343,344,345,356,347,348, 349, 350,351,352) of the teaching insert (300) can be color-coded. In one embodiment the visual indicators (339,340,341,342,343,344,345) set forth in the additional room matrix (312) each comprise blue squares with white numbers disposed thereon. By color-coding the second microfiber booklet 808 blue, a user instantly knows that the second microfiber booklet 808 should be used with the patient room. By contrast, in one embodiment visual indicators (339,340,341,342,343, 344,345,356,347,348,349,350,351,352) in the restroom matrix (313) each comprise green squares with numbers disposed thereon. Color-coding the first microfiber booklet 801 green, a person cleaning the predefined area (306) that is the restroom is able to quickly identify which microfiber booklet 801 should be used.

Turning now to FIGS. 11-12, once the first portion of each area is cleaned using the outermost microfiber sheet 802,807, it can be folded 1101,1201 about the spine 806,1202 to reveal additional visual indicators 340,347 and visual indicators 341,348. Accordingly, remaining surfaces and contact points can be clean in accordance with the chronology of the visual indicators 340,347,341,348 to ensure that each surface is cleaned in the proper order.

Turning now to FIG. 13, illustrated therein is one explanatory cleaning package assembly 1300 configured in accordance with one or more embodiments of the disclosure. The explanatory cleaning package assembly 1300 of FIG. 13 is shown in an exploded perspective view for ease of illustration.

As shown in FIG. 13, the cleaning package assembly 1300 includes a package 1301. The cleaning package assembly 1300 can include one or more cleaning cloths disposed within the package 1301 in one embodiment. In another embodiment, the cleaning package assembly 1300 will include one or more microfiber booklets disposed within the package 1301. In the illustrative embodiment of FIG. 13, the cleaning cloths comprise the first cleaning cloth 400 and the second cleaning cloth 600 of FIGS. 4-7 above. However, it should be understood that the first microfiber booklet (801) and the second microfiber booklet (808) could be substituted for the first cleaning cloth 400 and second cleaning cloth 600 to form another cleaning package assembly. Moreover, combinations of cleaning cloths, such as those shown in FIGS. 4-7, and microfiber booklets, such as those shown above in FIGS. 8-12, could be included as well.

In one or more embodiments, the cleaning package assembly 1300 also includes an instructional insert. Here, the instructional insert is the teaching insert 200 of FIG. 2. However, the instructional insert could also be the teaching insert (300) of FIG. 3 in another embodiment. Regardless of which teaching insert 200,(300) is included, in one or more embodiments it is disposed within the package 1301 with the one or more cleaning cloths 400,600 and/or microfiber booklets (801,808), and serves to instruct an order of using the portions of each cleaning cloth or microfiber booklet as previously described.

In one or more embodiments, the cleaning package assembly 1300 further includes a plurality of markers 1302. While sixteen markers are shown in FIG. 13, which corresponds to the teaching insert 200 of FIG. 2, other numbers could be used. For instance, where the teaching insert (300) is that of FIG. 3, fourteen markers may be included. Other numbers of markers will be obvious to those of ordinary skill in the art having the benefit of this disclosure. The plurality of markers 1302 can be placed on various items within a predefined area, such as a hospital room. The plurality of markers 1302 can take any of a variety of forms. In one embodiment, each marker comprises a sticker that can be adhesively attached to the items in a hospital room, and in particular, the items listed in the legend portion of the instruction insert.

In one embodiment, each marker is color coded as well. For example, in one embodiment markers 1304,1305,1306,1307,1308,1309,1310,1311 each comprise blue circles with white numbers disposed thereon. In another embodiment, markers 1304,1305,1306,1307,1308,1309, 1310,1311 each comprise blue squares with white numbers disposed thereon. The numbers correspond to the plurality of sequential numerical indicia set forth in the legend portion 203 of the teaching insert 200, or alternatively with the plurality of sequential numerical indicia set forth in the legend portion (303) of teaching insert (300).

Similarly, markers 1312,1313,1314,1315,1316,1317,1318,1319 can each comprise red circles or green circles with white numbers disposed thereon. In one embodiment, markers 1312,1313,1314,1315,1316,1317,1318,1319 can each comprise green squares with white numbers disposed thereon. This color-coding allows a person cleaning the predefined area to quickly identify which portions of the predefined area are to be cleaned first and which are to be cleaned second.

In one embodiment, each marker comprises a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) circuit 1303. The RFID circuit 1303 can include a transmission antenna to transmit to RFID readers so that a person cleaning can simply walk past a particular marker and identify its sequence within the sequential numerical indicia quickly and efficiently. In one embodiment, each RFID circuit 1303 includes a control device coupled to an oscillation frequency component. The oscillation frequency component can be an impedance component used in conjunction with an RC timing circuit, or alternatively may be an inductance component that works to determine a transmission frequency in an LC circuit. Alternatively, it can be a capacitive device.

RFID devices are but one technology that can be included with each marker. In another embodiment, each marker includes a motion detector or other sensor that triggers and records data when someone is close to it. Accordingly, a supervisor can quickly identify which portions of the predefined area were cleaned, when they were cleaned, and by whom. Other technologies that can be incorporated into the markers will be obvious to those of ordinary skill in the art having the benefit of this disclosure.

As shown in FIG. 13, each marker can comprise one of the plurality of sequential numerical indicia (207,307) shown on the instruction insert. When these markers are placed on items in a hospital room, a person can use the instruction insert and the cleaning cloths to quickly and efficiently clean the hospital room with little or no training whatsoever.

It should be noted that inclusion of the teaching insert (200,300) with a cleaning package assembly 1300 is but one way of using a visual teaching aid (100) configured in accordance with one or more embodiments of the disclosure. Turning now to FIG. 14, illustrated therein is another embodiment. Still other embodiments will be obvious to those of ordinary skill in the art having the benefit of this disclosure.

As shown in FIG. 14, an instructor 1401 is demonstrating how to use a cleaning cloth 400 (or alternatively a microfiber booklet (801)) to clean nurse call device 231 in a hospital room. Embodiments of the disclosure advantageously allow the presentation of portions of the teaching insert (200,300), e.g., the hospital bed 1402 in this illustration, on visible media, such as a flat substrate or electronic device. Subsequently, the instructor 1401 can scroll through other portions of the teaching insert (200,300) to discuss cleaning of other items.

In this embodiment, each student 1403,1404,1405 has been given the teaching insert 200,(300) from FIG. 2 (or FIG. 3). Accordingly, as the instructor 1401 discusses the portion of a predefined area to be cleaned, as that portion is being presented on the wall, and as the instructor 1401 manipulates the cleaning cloth 400 (or alternatively a microfiber booklet (801)) to demonstrate the proper flip and fold technique, each student 1403,1404,1405 has pictorial images on a compact, easy to carry and store, teaching insert 200,(300). Each student 1403,1404,1405 can then follow along on their teaching insert 200,(300) while the instructor 1401 teaches a cleaning order for a predefine area. The instructor 1401 can also discuss the application of a plurality of markers (1302) to objects as they are being discussed as well.

In yet another embodiment the presentation can be on the display of an electronic device, as shown in FIG. 15. Turning briefly to FIG. 15, a user 1501 is manipulating 1502 the touch-sensitive display 1503 of an electronic device 1500. The teaching insert 200 of FIG. 2 (which could also be the teaching insert (300) of FIG. 3) is being presented on the display 1503 of the electronic device 1500. The user 1501 can accordingly scroll through the teaching insert 200 at their leisure.

In one or more embodiments, the user 1501 can actuate a user actuation target to cause an education module operable in the electronic device 1500 to present the teaching insert 200. The user 1501 may also be able to interact with presentations objects to be cleaned. For example, the user 1501 may be able to click on an item such as the hospital bed 1402 to watch items associated therewith being cleaned with the first cleaning cloth (400) (or alternatively a microfiber booklet (801)) using the proper flip and fold technique. Additionally, the user 1501 may be able to select an item to cause an interactive multi-dimensional rendering to appear on the display 1503.

Examples of the electronic device 900 include iPod.®, iPhone.®, or iPad.® devices manufactured by Apple Inc., of Cupertino, Calif., cellular telephones or messaging devices such as the Blackberry.® manufactured by Research in Motion, Inc., pocket-sized personal computers such as an iPAQ.® Pocket PC available by Hewlett Packard Inc., palm-top and tablet style computers running the Android.® operating system, such as those manufactured by HTC, Inc., and Motorola, Inc., or any of the other various personal digital assistants, desktop computers, laptop computers, or other electronic devices.

In one or more embodiments, the teaching insert 200,(300) can be configured as a downloadable application or “app” suitable for execution on the electronic device 1500. The teaching insert 200,(300) can be configured as stand-alone software, suitable for storage in any of a number of computer readable media for execution by any number of processing devices.

Turning now to FIG. 16, illustrated therein is one explanatory method 1600 of using a visual teaching aid, cleaning package assembly, or combinations thereof in accordance with one or more embodiments of the disclosure. In one embodiment the method 1600 is for teaching a cleaning order of a predefined area, such as a hospital room.

At step 1601, the method 1600 includes presenting a plurality of portions of the predefined area on a teaching aid such that each portion is pictorially illustrated to be visually perceptible to a viewer with one of a plurality of visual indicators comprising a circle, square, or other shape with a number superimposed on the circle, square, or other shape corresponding to the each portion. At step 1602, the method 1600 can include presenting, on the teaching aid, a legend defining a the plurality of portions in a predefined order with the each portion depicted with one of a plurality of sequential numerical indicia defining the cleaning order for the predefined area.

At step 1603, the method 1600 can optionally include instructing the use of one or more cleaning cloths or microfiber booklets to clean the predefined area by identifying the one of the plurality of sequential numerical indicia disposed on the one or more cleaning cloths or sheets of the microfiber booklet. At optional step 1604, the method 1600 can include applying one or more markers to one or more objects in the predefined area, where those objects correspond to the portions of the legend on a one-to-one basis. At step 1605, the method 1600 comprises cleaning the predefined area in the predefined order.

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In the foregoing specification, specific embodiments of the present disclosure have been described. However, one of ordinary skill in the art appreciates that various modifications and changes can be made without departing from the scope of the present disclosure as set forth in the claims below. Thus, while preferred embodiments of the disclosure have been illustrated and described, it is clear that the disclosure is not so limited. Numerous modifications, changes, variations, substitutions, and equivalents will occur to those skilled in the art without departing from the spirit and scope of the present disclosure as defined by the following claims. Accordingly, the specification and figures are to be regarded in an illustrative rather than a restrictive sense, and all such modifications are intended to be included within the scope of present disclosure. The benefits, advantages, solutions to problems, and any element(s) that may cause any benefit, advantage, or solution to occur or become more pronounced are not to be construed as a critical, required, or essential features or elements of any or all the claims.