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There are standard policies on hand hygiene, cleaning provision and signs to ensure that every effort is taken to ensure cleanliness at all times. Some examples of these policies are:
Alcohol-based skin-disinfectant hand-rubs/gels can be used on visibly clean hands in conjunction with a good hand-rub technique. A poster depicting an appropriate hand rub technique should be displayed in each surgery and decontamination room.
Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for the maximum number of applications for hand-rubs/gels before hand-washing is required. Repeated applications lead to a build-up of the product on the hands; if hands become sticky, wash as normal using a proper hand-hygiene technique.
Alcohol-impregnated wipes used for cleaning surfaces should not be used in place of hand-rubs/gels; they are not effective in hand decontamination.
By keeping your hands clean and reducing the risk of damaging your skin you will reduce the risk of infection or cross contamination.