General practice

Alcohol hand gel must be used before and after any contact with the patient and the ACCU equipment at the patient’s bedside, including the notes and the 24 hour charts.

Use a disposable apron when you are attending to your patient or making any contact at the bed side.

Only use gloves if likely to have any contact with bodily fluids and always wash hands after using gloves.

When helping with a patient at another bedside, please use a clean apron from that bed area.

When a patient is suspected of having infectious diarrhoea you must wash your hands with soap and water after contact.  Use alcohol hand gel afterwards too.

Please do not wear watches, any rings other than a plain band or nail varnish.  All of these harbour tiny cracks and grooves in which bacteria may thrive.