Hand Hygiene For The Health And Mortality Of Their Patients

843 Words May 4th, 2016 4 Pages
Hand decontamination is the use of hand wash or alcohol rub that reduces the number of bacteria on the hands. Hand decontamination is also referred to as ‘hand hygiene’. Hand Hygiene is an integral part of nursing care, as effectively decontaminating hands significantly reduces the risk of pathogens being transferred from one surface to another, or from person to person (NICE, 2014). This means, that through practicing good hand hygiene, nurses can actively reduce the incidences of preventable healthcare associated infections, therefore improving the health and mortality of their patients.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE, 2012) guidelines state that misconceptions about hand hygiene in relation to infection control are still being reported and that effective hand decontamination is still not collectively practiced, despite a vast improvement in recent years. This means that although many execute good practice, there are still healthcare workers who are putting patients at risk by not following the recommended procedure.
NICE (NICE, 2012) guidelines for prevention and control of healthcare-associated infections also state that hands must be sanitised at the point immediately before any direct contact with patients, immediately after the episode of care, immediately after exposure to bodily fluids, immediately after any contact with patient 's surroundings that could potentially result in contamination and immediately after the removal of gloves,…
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