Month: December 2014

Hand Hygiene in Healthcare Settings

Person washing their hands with soap and water at a metal sink in a medical setting

What is hand hygiene? Hand hygiene refers to the use of hand washing with soap and water or alcohol hand sanitizer (60% alcohol or greater) in order to reduce infection rates, reduce transmission of antimicrobial resistant organisms and stop outbreaks of communicable disease. Why is hand hygiene important? Clean hands are the single most important Hand Hygiene in Healthcare Settings

Environmental Cleaning

Clear water in a stainless steel sink

Quick Reference: Environmental Cleaning How to clean equipment and surfaces, when to clean, what to use Visibly Soiled surfaces: Scrub the surface with a cleaner/detergent or a disinfectant that contains a cleaner/detergent. Wear gloves! May need to rinse (check label). Will NOT need to rinse if using a wipe that contains both a detergent and Environmental Cleaning

Bloodborne Pathogens

Close up of a blood drop on the end of a needle, which is attached to a syringe. The syringe is sitting on a hard grey surface.

Post Exposure Prophylaxis and Training Resources National Clinicians’ Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEPline) Hotline (888) HIV-4911 Exposure to bloodborne pathogens can present serious risks to healthcare providers. Prompt post-exposure treatment for HIV and hepatitis B virus can be effective, but because each exposure case is unique, determining who should receive prophylaxis and which drugs are most appropriate Bloodborne Pathogens