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(Canada) Infection Prevention & Control Best Practices: Hand Hygiene for Health Care Settings Mobile App

The (Canada) Infection Prevention & Control Best Practices: Hand Hygiene for Health Care Settings mobile app is intended to guide clinical practice only and provide decision-making on infection prevention and control issues. This app is to assist the health care provider by providing a concise guide to clean care in the long-term care setting, and home and community care settings. This app is specific to Hand Hygiene for Health Care Settings and focuses on screening clients/residents, risk assessment, and risk reduction strategies including clean hands, clean equipment, clean environment and health care provider and client education.Hand hygiene is the responsibility of all individuals involved in health care. Hand hygiene refers to removing or killing microorganisms on the hands as well as maintaining good skin integrity. There are two methods of removing/killing microorganisms on hands: washing with soap and running water or using an alcohol based hand rub. Generally, the focus is on microorganisms that have been picked up by contact with clients/ health care providers, contaminated equipment, or the environment (transient or contaminating bacteria). Effective hand hygiene kills or removes microorganisms on the skin and maintains hand health.

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    In health care settings, hand hygiene is the single most important way to prevent infections.

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    Hand hygiene is the responsibility of all individuals involved in health care.

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    Alcohol-based hand rub is the preferred method for decontaminating hands.

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    However, hand washing with soap and running water must be performed when hands are visibly soiled.

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    Most transient bacteria present on the hands are removed during the mechanical action of washing,...

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    When Should Hand Hygiene Be Performed?

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    Hand hygiene must be performed:

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    Before and after contact with a client

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    Before performing invasive procedures

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    Before preparing, handling, serving or eating food

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    After care involving the body fluids of a client (e.

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    Before putting on and after taking off gloves

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    After personal body functions, such as using the toilet or blowing one’s nose

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    Whenever a health care provider is in doubt about the necessity for doing so

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    When hands accidentally come into contact with secretions, excretions, blood and body fluids (han...

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    After contact with items in the client’s environment

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    The following factors influence the effectiveness of hand hygiene:

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    Condition of the skin – intact skin vs.

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    Nails: natural nails more than 3-4 mm (1/4-inch) long are difficult to clean, can pierce gloves a...

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    Only nail polish in good condition is acceptable

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    Artificial nails or nail enhancements are not to be worn by those giving patient care as they hav...

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    Jewellery – rings and bracelets hinder hand hygiene, and should not be worn for patient contact; ...

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