Understand How Duty of Care Contributess to Safe Practice

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Poor hand washing;
Studies have shown that poor hand washing techniques are most common among health care staff. Areas that are frequently neglected are the finger tips, palms of the hand and thumbs. Having a correct hand washing technique in place is important as it cuts down the risk of the spread of harmful micro- organisms. Using liquid soap and water removes most of the transient organisms and is adequate for most purposes. Using an alcohol rub is useful, when there are no washing facilities available. However using this technique is only adequate when hands are not visibly soiled.

Poor hand washing;
Studies have shown that poor hand washing techniques are most common among health care staff. Areas that are frequently neglected are the finger tips, palms of the hand and thumbs. Having a correct hand washing technique in place is important as it cuts down the risk of the spread of harmful micro- organisms. Using liquid soap and water removes most of the transient organisms and is adequate for most purposes. Using an alcohol rub is useful, when there are no washing facilities available. However using this technique is only adequate when hands are not visibly soiled.

Hands to be washed before and after for example;
* Starting work.
* Before and after each care activity.
* Before putting on gloves and after removing gloves.
* Before handling soiled linen and items of clothing.
* Before and after handling food.
* Before emptying commodes.
* Administering medication.
* After using toilet.
* Before wiping or blowing your nose.
* Between different clients.
* Between different care activities.
* Leaving work.

Hands to be washed before and after for example;
* Starting work.
* Before and after each care activity.
* Before putting on gloves and after removing gloves.
* Before handling soiled linen and items of clothing.
* Before and after handling food.
* Before emptying commodes....
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