Hand Hygiene Saves Lives, But Is It Realistic For All Nurses? - page 2

As healthcare workers, we all know that proper hand hygiene saves lives because it greatly helps to prevent the spread of microbes that cause lethal diseases. Reputable entities such as the Centers for Disease Control and... Read More

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    Quote from DanidelionRN
    Of course, use of a good moisturizer that is compatible with your facility's gloves is a necessity!
    CeraVe cream is the BOMB. Can't use it at work, but I use it religiously at home. Keeps my hands healthy to handle the shifts.

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    I miss Latex gloves, I have to wash my hands after taking off these Vinyl powdered ones, and they already look like I'm 60!! I guess that's the bittersweet part- I HAVE to wash my hands- or they will itch and crack open from that powder- especially this time of year. Lol, I hope that guy that criticizes nurses for whining doesn't see my post

    Mine is Neutragena Norwegian Hand lotion, and Burt's Bees Wax!!!
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    Washing your hands before donning and after removing your gloves is a standard practice that should be part of everyone's repertoire... though it would definitely be nice if they were un-powdered, so that you could just use some hand sanitizer and save your hands a bit of wear.
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    My SNF DON abhors hand sanitizer and won't allow it to be installed in pt. rooms. I don't think she gets that it's not possible for us to wash our hands 250 times a day. If I washed in and out and every room, that's all I would do all day. Most of us keep our own hand sanitizers with us, in pockets or on the carts.

    As far as moisturizers are concerned, before I found Gold Bond Healing cream, I could effectively scratch an itch with the back of my hand. That stuff is the only thing that worked. I tried bringing my own soap to work, changing sanitizers, every cream or lotion I could find. I tried hand protectants like Silicone Glove, and nothing ever worked. Gold Bond worked over-freaking-night. And no, they're not paying me to say this (although if they wanted to, I wouldn't turn it down!).
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    Florence Nightingale seemed to think so. It would be neat if some grand new technology could someday come into play and make hand hygiene as we know it obsolete...but for now, hand hygiene is realistic, necessary, and crucial to the profession.
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    Quote from BostonTerrierLoverRN
    Vinyl powdered ones,
    Powdered gloves? I had no idea they still made those! How horrible!
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    Quote from NurseDirtyBird
    My SNF DON abhors hand sanitizer and won't allow it to be installed in pt. rooms. I don't think she gets that it's not possible for us to wash our hands 250 times a day. If I washed in and out and every room, that's all I would do all day. Most of us keep our own hand sanitizers with us, in pockets or on the carts.
    Perhaps if you found some actual studies concerning its effectiveness, it would help? http://whqlibdoc.who.int/publication...597906_eng.pdf WHO Guidelines

    Hand Hygiene Resource Center
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    Quote from nursel56
    I just wanted to comment on the HH/private-duty nurse thing, because in my experience you usually do find the "bar soap from hell" in people's bathrooms. Yes, complete with grimy fingerprints, embedded in a gelatinous funk. Most of us bring pump soap and paper towels. In a pinch, there is dish soap and air/shake drying. I think statistically, there are fewer infections in homecare settings but you are so right about the "variety" out there!
    I believe CDC guidelines are to scrub with soap for at least a ful 15 seconds, dry with a clean paper towel, and, especially if the soap that was used (dishwashing liquid or whatever) was not antibacterial soap, you are to f/u by using at least 70% alcohol, rubbing vigorously.
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    If the LTC facility has ample hand sanitizer available, I think it is viable. I have up to 49 residents on 3-11. I manage to sanitize my hands after each med administration, finger stick, vitals check, etc. But that's only because we have a sanitizer dispenser on the med cart and in each room.


    If a LTC facility expects it's nurses to wash hands in a sink, proper "by the book" hand hygiene is 100% impossible. It would be stupid to even try to sink-wash your hands every time during a 50 resident med pass. You'd be setting yourself up for a total fail.
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    Quote from NurseDirtyBird
    My SNF DON abhors hand sanitizer and won't allow it to be installed in pt. rooms. I don't think she gets that it's not possible for us to wash our hands 250 times a day. If I washed in and out and every room, that's all I would do all day. Most of us keep our own hand sanitizers with us, in pockets or on the carts.

    As far as moisturizers are concerned, before I found Gold Bond Healing cream, I could effectively scratch an itch with the back of my hand. That stuff is the only thing that worked. I tried bringing my own soap to work, changing sanitizers, every cream or lotion I could find. I tried hand protectants like Silicone Glove, and nothing ever worked. Gold Bond worked over-freaking-night. And no, they're not paying me to say this (although if they wanted to, I wouldn't turn it down!).
    Yes, this is what I use too; but I wash and gel so often, I wonder if I am wasting money.


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