Hand hygiene after touching a patient. Perform hand hygiene before you leave the patient zone. To protect yourself and the healthcare surroundings from becoming contaminated with potential pathogens. Hand hygiene after touching a patient's surroundings even when the patient has not been touched.
Hand hygiene should occur either when entering the patient zone and before touching the table and then touching the patient, or after touching the bedside table and immediately before touching the patient. In both cases the indication is Before Patient Contact (moment 1).
How to Perform Hand Hygiene with Soap and Water? Hand hygiene is ALWAYS performed: before and after patient care after coming into contact with any type of body fluid or open wound after touching any object that is near a patient (hand railing, bedside table etc.)
WHO Guidelines on Hand Hygiene in Health Care: a Summary ? D. Perform hand hygiene: a) before and after touching the patient (IB);35, 47, 51, 53-55, 66, 152-154 b) before handling an invasive device for patient care, regardless of whether or not gloves are used (IB); 155 c) after contact with body ﬂuids or excretions, mucous membranes, non-intact skin, or wound dressings (IA);54, 130, 153, 156
The WHO recommends a '5 Moments for Hand Hygiene' approach to cleaning hands: before touching a patient; before clean/aseptic procedures; after body fluid exposure/risk; after touching a patient; and after touching patient surroundings. Data from Hand Hygiene Australia shows doctors have one of the lowest compliance rates compared with other
Why is hand hygiene important? Page 2 of 3 Patients and visitors: what you need to know about hand hygiene. • Patients and visitors should never touch wounds, dressings, intrave- nous lines or other tools being used to treat a patient. • Patients should have good personal hygiene, especially while in hospi- tal.
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