Hand Hygiene

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Essential Nursing Skills
Cleanliness Champions Assessment
September 2010
Submission – Monday 9th May 2011
Word Count - 550

This essay will be addressing the first five units of Cleanliness Champions, demonstrating my knowledge and understanding of each unit and how they help prevent infection within clinical practice.

Unit 1 introduces what Cleanliness Champions is giving insight into the programmes aims at protecting both patients and staff from Healthcare Associated Infections (HAI), HAI complicates recovery from illness and trauma, extends hospital stays, delays return to normal activity and increases stress on patients, families and carers (HAI Education 2010). As a cleanliness champion we are expected to contribute to the
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3 B introduces the methods and techniques involved in hand hygiene, there are three methods of hand hygiene that are defined by Health Prevention Scotland which are Social hand washing involves using soap and water removing transient micro-organisms, Hygienic hand washing involves antiseptic hand gel or dispenser soap which also removes transient micro-organisms and reduces resident micro-organisms, Surgical Scrub is a thorough hand wash using antiseptic hand cleanser this includes cleaning forearms removing as many resident micro-organisms as possible. It illustrated the stages of effective hand hygiene are preparation, procedure and drying while following the 7 stages of hand hygiene.

3 C explains the issues of non-compliance and the impact this has on the prevention of infection and how a cleanliness champion can use their role to influence others to comply. It also illustrates and focuses on why individuals may not comply with hand hygiene and gave an understanding of how best to address this.
Unit 4 introduces Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) which is essential when contributing towards the prevention of infection and how they reduce the transmission of infection to patients. Research shows that personal protective equipment helps protect staff from infection spread. (Endacott et al, 2009). Demonstrating the importance of wearing gloves,
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