I work in a pediatric clinic where patients and staff are routinely exposed to fecal matter and blood. We have expanded, and the "new" exam room has no sink. I've been vocal about the limitations of alcohol-based hand cleaners and the need for a sink to no avail; I've been told to stop talking about it. Any similar situations out there?
Mar 17, '13
My understanding is that alcohol-based hand sanitizer is more effective at reducing bacteria, which as an old school handwashing nurse I can accept intellectually, but taking away our ability to wash poop off our (or the patient/parent)hands right in the room (barf, drool, etc) is the ultimate cheap-out and frankly, just gross.
Additionally, I think it's reassuring to patients and parents to see their healthcare provider washing their hands.
Last edit by nursel56 on Mar 17, '13