Rates of hand hygiene compliance amongst health professionals remain poor, at approximately 60%.
It is particularly poor amongst surgeons.
According to the World Health Organisation (W.H.O.) there are five indications for hand hygiene.
What many trainees don't realise is that even if you've been wearing gloves, you should still wash your hands after patient contact
- Before direct contact with a patient
- Before donning sterile gloves when inserting a central venous catheter and all other sterile procedures;
- After touching body fluids, wounds, or nonintact skin;
- Before moving from a contaminated body site to a clean body site in the same patient;
- After contact with inanimate objects in the vicinity of a patient (environmental); and after removing gloves.
Download WHO Hand Hygiene Guidelines here