Wash Your Hands – Part 4
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines for hand hygiene in the health care setting suggest the following:
1. Hands should be washed with soap (either antimicrobial or non-antimicrobial) and water if the hands are visibly contaminated or soiled with blood or other body fluids.
2. An alcohol-based hand rub (i.e., waterless) should be used for routine decontamination if the hands are not visibly soiled.
3. Hand hygiene should be performed after touching blood, body fluids, secretions, excretions, and other contaminated items regardless of whether gloves were worn.
4. Hand hygiene should be performed immediately after gloves are removed, between patient contacts, and when otherwise indicated to avoid transfer of micro-organisms to other patients or environments
5. It may be necessary to perform hand hygiene between tasks and procedures on the same patient to prevent cross-contamination of different body sites.
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