HandwashingRecommendations from the Centersfor Disease Control and Prevention
In a Healthcare Setting1. Regular handwashing is the MOST importantpractice for aseptic technique.2. Ingredients = plain soap and water3. Use regular handwashing for routinecleansing and whenever the hands are visiblysoiled.
OSHA• Occupational Safety and HealthAdministration (OHSA) sets safety standardsfor the workplace.• OSHA standards include standards thatprevent the spread of bloodborne pathogens.• Handwashing – an important safety standard.• According to the CDC, “Handwashing is asimple thing and its the best way to preventinfection and illness.”
Antiseptic Handwashing1. Use an antimicrobial soap and water.2. Usually used before invasive procedures, incritical care units, or when a patient is ontransmission-based precautions.• Should antimicrobial handwashing be usedmore frequently? Why or why not?
Antiseptic Hand Rubs• Alcohol-based• Use when hands are not visibly soiled
When Should You Wash Your Hands?1. When arriving at and before leaving ahealthcare facility.2. Before and after every patient contact.3. Before moving from a contaminated bodysite to a clean body site.4. Any time hands become contaminated duringa procedure.5. Before applying and immediately afterremoving gloves.
When Should You Wash Your Hands?6. Any time gloves are torn or punctured.7. Before and after handling specimens.8. After picking up an item off the floor.9. After personal use of the bathroom.10.After you cough, sneeze, or use a tissue.11.Before or after any contact with your mouthor mucous membrane(eating, drinking, inserting contacts, etc.)
Group Discussion• Do all healthcare workers practice all of thesehandwashing standards all of the time?• Based on what you have learned, would youguess that nosocomial infections are almostalways preventable, often preventable, oroccasionally preventable?• Are some healthcare professionals more likelyto wash their hands than others? Why?