This provided document is an assessment of the current hand hygiene routines and procedures within in long-term care facilities. Within is a provided survey for the current activities of healthcare professionals employed in this field as caregivers.
Documentation further goes on to note:
- Hand hygiene is the most important way to prevent the spread of bacteria which cause infections.
- Although most bacteria and viruses are effectively killed by alcohol-based hand rubs or washing with soap and water, C. difficile spores are not killed by alcohol hand rubs or removed by hand washing.
- The use of gloves in addition to hand hygiene is very important to prevent hand contamination from C. difficile. But, gloves are not a substitute for performing hand hygiene.