Infection Control

Infection Control - Infection Control Asepsis is the...

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Infection Control n Asepsis is the absence of pathogenic microorganisms i Medical asepsis , or clean technique, includes procedure used to reduce and prevent the spread of microorganisms, such as hand hygiene, using clean gloves, and cleaning the environment i in medical asepsis, an area of object is considered contaminated if it contains or is suspected of containing pathogens (bedpan, floor, dressing) i cleaning is the removal of all soil form object and surfaces o reusable objects must be cleaned thoroughly o when cleaning equipment soiled by organic material such as blood, feces, mucus, or pus, the nurse applies a mask and protective eyewear, and waterproof gloves i disinfection eliminates many or all microorganisms, with the exception of spores from inanimate objects by the use of chemical disinfectants or wet pasteurization i sterilization is the complete elimination of all microorganisms, including spores. o Steamed pressure, ethylene oxide gas, hydrogen peroxide plasma, and chemicals Infection Control to Reduce Reservoirs of Infection Method Description Bathing Use soap and water to remove drainage, dried secretions, or excess perspiration Dressing changes Change dressings that become soiled or wet Contaminated articles Place tissues, soiled dressing, or soiled linen in moisture-resistant bags for proper disposal Contaminated needles Engage safety features of all sharp devices and dispose them in puncture proof containers. Don’t recap needles Bedside unit Keep table surfaces clean and dry Bottled solutions Don’t leave bottled solutions open for prolonged periods, keep them tightly capped, date bottles and discard according to facility policy Surgical wounds Keep drainage tubes and collection bags patent Drainage bottles and bags Empty and dispose of drainage suction bottles according to policy. Empty all drainage systems on each shift unless otherwise ordered by a physician. Never raise a drainage system above the level of the site being drained unless it is clamped off Hand Hygiene n If hands are visibly dirty or contaminated with protein containing material, use plain soap or antimicrobial soap and water for hand washing. i
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This note was uploaded on 05/04/2008 for the course NURS 120 taught by Professor Rominowski during the Spring '08 term at Lady of the Lake.

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