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Thousands of people die every day all over the world due to the infections acquired while receiving medical&health care.Keeping your hand Hygienic is a simple yet effective way to avoid the transmission of harmful germs and prevent infections. Cleaning your hands can prevent the spread of germs, including those that are resistant to antibiotics and are becoming difficult to treat. On average,healthcare providers clean their hands less than half of the times they should. It is important to understand hand hygiene and learn when and how to cleaning your hands.
What is Hand Hygiene?
Hand Hygiene means cleaning your hands by using either handwashing (washing hands with soap and water), antiseptic hand wash, antiseptic hand rub (i.e. alcohol-based hand sanitizer including foam or gel), or surgical hand antisepsis
Why Hand Hygiene is Important?
Cleaning your hands reduces:
The spread of potentially severe germs to patients
The risk of healthcare provider colonization or infection caused by germs acquired from the patient
When to Perform Hand Hygiene
Clean your hands:
After glove removal
After using a restroom
Before and after having direct contact with a patient’s intact skin (taking a pulse or blood pressure, performing physical examinations, lifting the patient in bed)
After contact with blood, body fluids or excretions, mucous membranes, non-intact skin, or wound dressings
After contact with inanimate objects (including medical equipment) in the immediate vicinity of the patient
If hands will be moving from a contaminated-body site to a clean-body site during patient care
When and How to Wear Gloves
Wearing gloves is not a substitute for hand hygiene. Dirty gloves can soil hands.
Always clean your hands after removing gloves.
Procedures for Glove Use:
Choose the right size and type of gloves for the task
Put on gloves before touching a patient’s non-intact skin, open wounds or mucous membranes, such as the mouth, nose, and eyes
Change gloves during patient care if the hands will move from a contaminated body-site to a clean body-site
Remove gloves after contact with a patient and/or the surrounding environment (including medical equipment) using proper technique to prevent hand contamination
Failure to remove gloves after caring for a patient may lead to the spread of potentially deadly germs from one patient to another
Do not wear the same pair of gloves for the care of more than one patient
How to Choose Right Disposable Gloves
Nitrile is a suitable for many different industries.
Latex is fitted for the medical profession and the beauty industry.
Vinyl gloves are perfect for food prep.
Polyethylene is cost effective and suitable for high levels of hygiene standards.
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