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2007 Hand Hygiene Policy
|NHS National Patient Safety Agency - Clean your hands campaign|
|Royal College of Nursing Hand Hygiene Guide|
|2005 WHO Guidelines on Hand Hygiene in Health Care (Advanced Draft) [opens PDF]|
Page updated 30 April 2007
Use alcohol get on hands immediately before you touch a patient and before putting on non-sterile gloves
Learn how to clean your hands effectively
Wash your hands with soap and water:
When starting a shift
When visibly soiled
Before drug rounds
When serving food
Hand hygiene is the single most important way of reducing cross-infection.
During clinical work, wear sleeves above the elbows and DO NOT WEAR a wristwatch or costume jewellery.
Handwashing should be carried out using either liquid soap (social handwashing) or using an approved skin disinfectant before a clinical procedure.
Alcohol gel is now widely available as an alternative to handwashing to reduce bacterial load on clean hands. It would also seem sensible to put alcohol gel on non-sterile gloved hands before doing a patient procedure.