Safe and Hygienic Practices in Hospitals

Safe and Hygienic Practices in Hospitals

By Manhattan Institute
Posted in Students
On July 25, 2018

If you are starting a new healthcare job in a hospital, remember that proper hygiene practices are important. There can be a lot to consider depending on where you work, which is why we created this guide for safe and hygienic practices in hospitals. Read on to be sure you’re fully prepared for your job.

Proper Hand Hygiene in Hospitals

Hospitals are sterile places, but as soon as you clean something, new microorganisms are introduced from the people who are in the room; therefore, it’s important to wash your hands properly multiple times throughout your shift and before any interaction with  patients. According to the CDC, you should wash your hands with soap and water when hands are visibly dirty, before eating, and after using a restroom. All other times, you should use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. When washing your hands with soap and water, you should scrub vigorously for 15-20 seconds. Washing your hands with hand sanitizer should also take 20 seconds, and you should rub hands together until they are completely dry.

Hospital Hygiene Standards

Cleaning is crucial in any hospital setting. Your individual hospital will have procedures and standards in place to make sure patients are being cared for in a hygienic environment. Pay attention to these standards and implement them into your daily schedule as a hospital worker. If you ever have questions about hygiene standards, it is better to ask than to guess. Remember that some standards may change with seasons or area outbreaks, so be sure to pay attention to updates.

Safe and Hygienic Work Practices

It’s not just patient rooms that need to be kept clean and hygienic. Minimize accidents by keeping all areas clean and free of obstacles. Shared equipment should always be decontaminated after use; this includes keyboards and other computer accessories. To protect yourself, you may want to consider investing in a sterilizer for your smart phone so that you don’t track germs home after work.

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