Infection Control

Personal hygiene practices

Hand Washing

the spread of many pathogens can be prevented with regular hand washing. You should thoroughly wash your hands with water and soap for at least 15 seconds after visiting the toilet, before preparing food, and after touching clients or equipment. Dry your hands with disposable paper towels.

Unbroken Skin

intact and healthy skin is a major barrier to pathogens. Any cuts or abrasions should be covered with a waterproof dressing.

Gloves

wear gloves if you are handling body fluids or equipment containing body fluids, if you are touching someone else's broken skin or mucus membrane, or performing any other invasive procedure. Wash your hands between each client and use fresh gloves for each client where necessary.

Personal items

don't share towels, clothing, razors, toothbrushes, shavers or other personal items.