Infection Control Nurse
Office: 330-343-3311 ext. 2156
Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Union Hospital Hand Hygiene Policy H9
Indications for Hand Washing
When hands are visibly soiled with blood or other bodily fluids, wash hands with soap and water. Before eating and after using the restroom, wash hands with soap and water.
If hands are not visibly soiled, use an alcohol-based hand rub:
- Before having direct contact with patients
- Before donning sterile gloves when inserting a central intravenous catheter
- Before inserting indwelling urinary catheters, peripheral vascular catheters, or other invasive devices that do not require a surgical procedure
- After contact with a patient
- After contact with body fluids or excretions, mucous membranes, non-intact skin, and wound dressings if hands are not visibly soiled
- If moving from a contaminated body site to a clean body site during patient care
- After contact with inanimate objects (including medical equipment) in the immediate vicinity of the patient
- After removing gloves
Hand Hygiene Technique
- Soap and water: Briskly rub hands together for at least 15 seconds, covering all surfaces of the hands, fingers, and fingernails.
- Alcohol-based hand rub: Rub hands together, covering all surfaces of hands and fingers, until hands are dry.
Hand Hygiene Observation
- Hand hygiene observations done on all units monthly that include physicians
Union Hospital Preventing Transmission (Isolation) Policy I 5
- Contact: Requires gown and gloves (examples - MRSA infected or colonized VRE, ESBL, CRE, CDI)
- Droplet: Requires surgical mask [examples - Influenza, Meningococcal disease (Sepsis, Pneumonia, Meningitis), Pertussis, Mumps]
- Airborne/Contact: Requires gown, a N95 or PAPR, gloves (examples - M. tuberculosis extrapulmonary draining lesion including Scrofula, Varicella Zoster, Measles, Disseminated Shingles disease in any patient)
- Special Precautions: Requires gown, surgical mask, and gloves (for Reverse or Neutropenic orders)