Our infection control nurse has told us that we are not allowed to bring in our own hand lotion for our PERSONAL use at work. We are suppose to use the stuff supplied by the facility. She says it is because of infection control issues. The facility supplied stuff tears up my hands. It is anti-bacterial and eats my hands. I had to see a dermatologist a couple of years ago and he said all this anti-bacterial stuff is not good for my eczema. He says he knows I can't avoid the anti-bacterial soap at work but to try and stay away from it at home as much as possible. Our infection control nurse said she will actually confiscate any lotion brought from the outside. Does anyone else have a policy such as this? If so do employees abide by it? I would think it would be very hard to enforce and especially if the lotion is in your purse. I would like to see our IC nurse go through my purse.
Heads would roll and it would not be mine.
Apr 3, '03
Our hospital lotion....that we give to patients....is just worthless!! It's just plain embarrassing to give a bottle of this stuff out. We don't have an 'anti-lotion' policy where I work....at least not that I know of........our infection control nurse doesn't work nights.
For anyone looking for a great lotion, I've been using Avoplex by O.P.I. (same company that makes those nail polishes). I've even gone to the beauty supply to get others for nurses and aides at work...they were hooked after trying mine.
I can't understand why your I.C. Nurse thinks drying and cracking your main "tools of the trade" with this hospital issue stuff is controlling the spread of infection. Have you asked her for the nosocomial infection stats for your facility for before -and- after this policy went into place?? She should have these stats available. Our I.C. Nurse keeps infection stats for all units on either a monthly or quarterly basis....I can't remember which. If there has been no apparant decrease, then this policy should seriously be questioned.
Last edit by KC CHICK on Apr 3, '03