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Module 2: Preventative measures
Last revised: 05 Jun 2023
Hand hygiene is the most effective action you can perform to reduce healthcare-associated infections. According to the RACGP Infection prevention and control guidelines: The use of alcohol-based handrub is now recommended for routine hand hygiene for dry, visibly clean hands, except after using the toilet, before handling or eating food/drink, or when norovirus or Clostridioides difficile is present or suspected – antimicrobial soap is recommended in these instances. 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.
Hands must be cleansed (following standardised procedures for hand hygiene) before and after every episode of patient contact and after activities that may cause contamination. These include:
The RACGP Infection prevention and control guidelines table each method for hand hygiene, highlighting when each is needed, the technique used, and duration and drying needed.
‘5 moments for hand hygiene’ is a simple strategy developed by the World Health Organization and adopted by the National Hand Hygiene Initiative to:
Source: National Hand Hygiene Initiative
Reference: Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care. National Hand Hygiene Initiative manual. Sydney, NSW: ACSQHC; 2019
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