Winter Planning Toolkit modules

Module 2: Preventative measures

Hand hygiene

Hand hygiene

Hand hygiene is the most effective action you can perform to reduce healthcare-associated infections. It includes applying alcohol-based hand rub to the hands or washing hands thoroughly with soap and water. Soap and water are recommended when hands are visibly soiled. Patients should also be involved in hand hygiene and provided with the opportunity to clean their hands.

Hand hygiene should be performed for a minimum of 20 seconds:

  • before and after touching a patient
  • before and after a procedure or body substance exposure risk
  • after touching a patient’s surroundings
  • before putting on gloves and after the removal of gloves
  • when moving from unclean to clean areas
  • after handling soiled equipment
  • before handling or packaging clean equipment. Appropriate gloves (e.g. puncture and chemically resistant, utility or heavy duty gloves) should be worn at all times when handling contaminated medical devices
  • before undertaking a RAT.

The National Hand Hygiene Initiative (NHHI) has developed a suite of resources and posters to display in your practice.

This event attracts CPD points and can be self recorded

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