- Article: ANTT: a standard approach to aseptic technique
- Author: Stephen Rowley is clinical director; Simon Clare is practice development lead, both at The Association of Safe Aseptic Practice.
- The Health and Social Care Act (2008) requires healthcare providers to have a standardised aspetic technique in which education and audit can be demonstrated
- Aseptic technique represents the last line of defence for patients from microorganisms during invasive clinical procedures
- Aseptic Non Touch Technique is the de facto standard aseptic technique in the UK
- Safe aseptic technique relies on effective staff training, safe environments and equipment that is fit for purpose
- Basic infection prevention precautions, such as effective hand hygiene and glove usage also help to ensure asepsis
- What does the term “aseptic technique” mean?
- Why is non-touch technique important?
- How can you achieve a standardised approach to aseptic technique in your trust?
- Should registered nurses have their competency to carry out this procedure reviewed regularly?
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