How to Prevent the Spread of Infection

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How to prevent the spread of infection as a health care provider I. Infection control in health care is a very important detail in health care provider’s duties.

A. Two of the simplest ways to prevent infection control is to wear gloves and wash hands.

B. There are correct and incorrect ways to wash your hands and remove gloves.

II. Being prepared is the first step to correctly wash your hands.

A. You will need to have soap available.

B. Paper towels need to be within reach.

C. Having a trash can nearby will help with this process.

III. To begin washing your hands you will first need to wet your hands.

A. Make sure the water is running down your hands to your fingertips.

IV. The next step in correctly washing your hands would be applying soap to your hands.

A. Rub your hand vigorously together until the soap is all over your hands.

B. Make sure you wash between your fingers, around any rings, and under your finger nails.

C. Continue washing like this for at least thirty seconds.

V. For the next step you must rinse the soap from your hands. A. While putting your hands under the running water makes sure the water is running down to your fingertips.

B. Do not let the water run up toward your wrists.

VI. The most important step is drying your hands.

A. After rinsing your hands do not turn the water off.

B. With a clean dry paper towel pat from your fingertips up to your wrists.

C. Get another clean and dry paper towel to turn the knob off on the water facet.

VII. Wearing gloves protects the health care provider from blood borne pathogens, such as HIV and hepatitis B and C.

A. To remove gloves grab the palm of the glove on both hand and pull downward until the glove comes off.

B. Place the glove in the palm of your gloved hand.

C. With the ungloved hand place your index finger inside the wrist of the gloved hand, and pull downward until the glove is inside out.

D. Throw the gloves into the trash.

E. Wearing gloves is not a replacement for hand washing, so you must practice hand hygiene immediately after removing gloves.

VIII. As a health care provider infection control is a major part of your duty.

A. By using these two simple interventions you are protecting yourself from blood borne pathogens.

B. You are also preventing the spread of infection in your facility by correctly washing your hands.

C. Most people think that they are washing their hands correctly, but most are not.

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How to prevent the spread of infection as a health care provider

Infection control in health care is a very important detail in a health care provider’s duties. Transmission of health care associated pathogens most often occurs through the contaminated hands of a health care worker. Two of the simplest ways to prevent such infections are undermined. Simply wearing gloves and hand washing are the most simple ways to control infection. But did you know there are correct and incorrect ways of performing these tasks?

Being prepared is the first step to correctly wash your hands. Although most settings already have them available, you want to be sure you have soap and paper towels at ease of access.
Now to begin washing your hands you must first turn the water on. When your hands are already contaminated you may turn the water on with your bare hands. Wet your hands in the water, but do not touch the inside walls of the sink. While wetting your hands be sure the water is running down your hands to your fingertips.

After you have wet your hands, you must put the soap onto your hands. Rubbing your hand vigorously together, make sure you are washing between your fingers, under and...
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