Need hand creams at all wash sites to prevent dry skin problems from this much washing.
New Hand-Hygiene Guidelines Issued — Physician’s First Watch
New Hand-Hygiene Guidelines Issued
By Kelly Young
The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America and others have released expert guidance on proper hand hygiene in the healthcare setting in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology.
Among the recommendations:
Soap and alcohol-based hand rubs (ABHR) should be conveniently located for routine hand hygiene in all areas where patients are seen. Staff members should be consulted on the products' tolerability.
Healthcare workers should wash their hands with soap and water or use ABHR before direct patient contact, preparing or handling patients' medications, and moving from a contaminated body site to a clean body site on a patient.
Hands should also be cleaned before and after using an invasive device and after contact with bodily fluids, direct contact with a patient, or contact with a patient's surroundings.
When hands are visibly soiled, healthcare workers should use soap and water, not ABHR.
Soaps containing triclosan should be avoided because of the risk for antimicrobial resistance.
Hand hygiene adherence should be monitored either directly (e.g., by technology) or indirectly (e.g., by tracking the volume of product used).
Reader Comments (4)
Why not discourage "hand shakes"? I greet my patients with a forearm-to-forearm "bump" which surprises them the first time, but is appreciated when I explain what unknown disease on my hand they are not contacting.