Hands antiseptic hygiene

Hands antiseptic hygiene

When and why?

1. Before contact with the patient:

Caress of birds

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

droplets of blood

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:

Hand and aquarium

When leaving the pet's environment after touching an object or furniture, but without touching the pet.

  • To protect the professional and the care environment from the germs present on the pet's environnement, that means on the hands.

  • Examples: Leaving the examination room, the kennels and the hospital.

How?

When the hands are visibely soiled, wash them with a liquid soap.

Else, rub them with a hydro-alcoholic gel or solution.

Technique:

hANDS RUB AND WASH