b'Hand HygieneDuring the delivery of healthcare services, it is important to avoid unnecessary touching of both the patient (when gloves are not being used) and equipment in the patients care environment to prevent both contamination of clean hands from environmental surfaces and transmission of pathogens from contaminated hands to surfaces.The Moments to Perform Hand Hygiene:Before having direct contact with patientsAfter contact with bodily fluids, mucous membranes, non-intact skin, or wound dressingsMust Know Fire Safety After contact with a patients intact skin (example: when taking a blood pressure or lifting a patient)If you see a fire, smell or see smoke follow R.A.C.E. andDuring patient care when hands move from a call 4911 (off sites 911) contaminated body site to a clean body site After contact with inanimate objects (including medical Know where your nearest fire pull station and fireequipment) in the patients care environmentextinguisher is located After removing glovesKnow your nearest egress (exit) route The Methods for Hand HygieneThe charge nurse, OA, Respiratory, or the fireThe preferred method for conducting hand hygiene is with department (make sure to inform them of any patientsthe use of hospital-grade approved alcohol-based hand on therapy) may only shut down medical gases. sanitizer. However, healthcare workers must perform hand Always check all bathrooms so no one stays behind hygiene by the method of washing hands with soap and water in the event that contact with bacterial spores (such as, patients with Clostridium difficile or Bacillus anthracis infections) is likely to have occurred. The physical action Infection Prevention &of washing and rinsing hands under these circumstances is required because alcohol-based hand sanitizer, Control (IPC)chlorohexidine, iodophors, and other antiseptic agents have poor activity against spores and is not effective in eliminating the spores on the healthcare workers hands. Infection Prevention & Control can be reached at Ext.Note: Healthcare workers should neither wear artificial 2399, Monday - Friday from 7:00 a.m.5:00 p.m., and on- fingernails nor fingernail extenders (such as, press-on call 24/7. nails) if duties and roles include direct contact with patients. Furthermore, nails must be the length of either The Infection Prevention & Control (IPC) department inch or less for all healthcare workers that provide incorporates preventing the transmission of infectiousdirect patient care services.agents into the objectives of the organizations patientExamples of non-approved nail wear for healthcare and occupational safety program.workers that provide direct patient care contact services include:-Gel Nail Polish-Nail Embellishments (such as, rhinestones & nail stickers)28 Nicklaus Childrens Health System'