The Clinical Skills Chosen For Exploration

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For the purpose of this essay the clinical skill chosen for exploration is hand decontamination and the difficulties that may arise in its completion in a clinical setting. Furthermore, appropriate literature will be used to discuss whether the evidence shows that using alcohol-based hand sanitisers instead of traditional soap and water may be a more effective option to ensure complete hand disinfection in light of these difficulties. The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) acknowledge the need for registered nurses, midwives and health visitors to be professionally and ethically accountable for those they care for, “acting to identify and minimise risk to patients and clients.” (2002, p. 2.) Therefore they must vow to act in a consistently patient-centric way and actively strive to reduce whatever may jeopardise the health and welfare of those in their care. One of the simplest, most cost-effective and clinically important of these risk-minimising interventions is effective hand decontamination. The Royal College of Nursing lists hand hygiene as one of its ‘Standard infection control precautions.’ These essential principles provide the foundation of safe practice, thus protecting staff and clients from harmful micro-organisms that may cause infection. (2012, p. 8) HCAI’s (healthcare associated infections) are one of the most important public health issues worldwide and cause hundreds of unnecessary fatalities annually. The prevalence of these infections is highest an
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