GP: Hand hygiene

Hand hygiene Infection Prevention and Control Guidance (Policy) for General Practice

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

Hand decontamination has a dual role to protect both the patient and the healthcare 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 and Social Care Act 2008: Code of Practice on the prevention and control of infections and related guidance and CQC requirements is provided in the ‘Preventing Infection Workbook and Guidance’.

A downloadable Community Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) Guidance document for General Practice which can be adopted as a Policy by your organisation is available below. Also suitable for use within Dental Practice and Podiatry.

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.

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