Hand Hygiene

Due to an abundance of research informing us that hand hygiene is the most important element in infection prevention great emphasis is placed on hand hygiene to ensure all staff comply with the WHO ‘Five Moments for Hand Hygiene’:

  • Before patient contact
  • After patient contact
  • Before clean aseptic procedure
  • After contact with blood or body fluids
  • After contact with the patients environment

The hand hygiene policy requires staff to bare below the elbow with the exception of a plain wedding band. Rings with stones and watches harbour bacterial hence are not allowed in clinical areas.

An automated daily report from the IT system highlights which patients require isolation with additional infection control precautions.

Equipment and environmental hygiene and decontamination are an essential element in infection prevention.

Infection rates in Galway Clinic remain low when compared with International benchmarks.