G_IPC_17 Hand Washing and Use of Hand Santizer

 The purpose of this guideline is to advise on the best practice required around hand washing and the use of hand sanitzer thus minimising the risk of healthcare associated infections to patients, visitors and staff in health care settings.

Importance of hand washing and the use of alcohol hand sanitzer.

Hand washing is the single most important measure in reducing the spread of disease and infections. Hands are a repository for micro-organisms and the risk of disease and infections to the patient are greatly reduced by staff appropriately and timely washing and/or decontaminating their hands.

Objectives of hand washing and the use of alcohol hand sanitzer

The objectives of hand washing and the use of alcohol hand sanitzer are to:

  • Remove or destroy potentially harmful micro-organisms,
  • Prevent the hands in becoming a vector of cross infection,
  • Render the hands socially clean in order to continue the delivery of health care.

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