Where pts hands have been?
We're always helping them to transfer, get up, change etc. I noticed that a lot of the pts with mobility issues who have beside commodes or urinals do not have means of washing their hands. The sink is too far for them to reach and the majority of them do not have sanitizer at the bedside. That's what I'm crazy about. It's gross - they go to the bathroom or use the urinal (obviously touching their genitals and maybe having urine spill/spray) and then they call you and touch you as your are helping them, touch the side rails, the beside table, the chairs, then eat with those hands etc. I'm always running to the supply room and handing them sanitizer.
I can't wash my hands enough. And if I really think about it - it makes you want to shower in bleach.
I'm sure I'm forgetting a lot of other instances I'm coming in contact with grossness/germs throughout the day.
Care to share?