Moment 5 - After Touching a Patient's Surroundings

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WHY:

To protect yourself and the healthcare surroundings from harmful patient germs

WHEN:

After touching the patient’s immediate surroundings when the patient has not been touched.

Patient surroundings include: Bed, Bedrails, Linen, Table, Bedside chart, Bedside locker, Call bell/TV remote control, Light switches, Personal belongings (including books, Mobility aids), Chair, Foot stool, Monkey bar
 

TO PREVENT: Infection in HCWs and / or cross colonisation of the healthcare environment and HCWs

After touching the patient's environment the HCW has the patient’s micro-organisms on their hands; these micro-organisms can be passed on to whatever the HCW is in contact with next.