NHS

Hand Hygiene

Handwashing is the single most important way to prevent the spread of infection.

Hand decontamination has a dual role to protect both the service user and the health care worker from acquiring micro-organisms (germs) which may cause them harm. Hands may look clean but invisible micro-organisms are always present, some harmful, some not. Removal of micro-organisms is the most important factor in preventing them from being transferred to other people.

Hand hygiene education for staff to support compliance with the Health Act 2008 and CQC requirements is provided in the ‘Preventing Infection Workbook and Guidance’.

A downloadable Community Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) Guidance document which can be adopted as a Policy by your organisation is available below.  Alternatively, a complete set of IPC Guidance documents are available to purchase @ £69.99 – details can be found on the flyer and resource order form.

Updated: March 2016

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