Hands antiseptic hygiene
When and why?
1. Before contact with the patient:
When you approach a pet, before touching him.
- To protect the patient from the germs present on the hands.
- Examples: Clinical examinations, patient manipulation or restraint, ...
2. Before an aseptic gesture:
Immediately before the aseptic gesture.
- To protect the patient from the inoculation of germs, including those of which he is a carrier.
- Examples: Blood sampling, catheter manipulation, intra-articular injections, drug delivery, IV catheter placement, wound care, ...
3. After exposure to a biological fluid
After any potential or actual exposure to a biological fluid (and after removal of gloves)
- To protect the professional and the care environment from the germs present in the fluid, that means on the hands.
- Examples: After contact with body fluid such as urine, nasal discharge, blood, saliva, stools, ...
4. After touching a pet:
When leaving the pet and the environment after touching the pet.
- To protect the professional and the care environment from the germs present on the pet, that means on the hands.
- Examples: After a clinical examination, after the changes of dressings, the grooming, ...
5. After touching a pet's environment:
When leaving the pet's environment after touching an object or furniture, but without touching the pet.
When the hands are visibely soiled, wash them with a liquid soap.
Else, rub them with a hydro-alcoholic gel or solution.