Posted by:30 April, 2012
Do you need to wash your hands after removal of gloves? What do you think?
The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence has updated infection control guidance originally published in 2003.
The guidance reiterates that hands must be decontaminated immediately before and after every episode of direct contact with patients, after any exposure to body fluids and after contact with a patient’s surroundings that could potentially result in hands being contaminated.
The new version of the guidelines also advises that nurses should decontaminate hands with liquid soap and water, as opposed to handrub, in clinical situations where there is potential for the spread of alcohol-resistant organisms, such as C difficile or other organisms that cause diarrhoeal illness.
This also applies to circumstances when hands are visibly soiled or potentially contaminated with body fluids. In all other situations, NICE said handrub should preferably be used to decontaminate hands.
From Behind the Rituals
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