World Health Organisation ran a campaign designed to improve hand hygiene and highlighted:
The 5 moments of hand hygiene at the point of care: 1. Before Service User contact 2. Before Clean/Aseptic procedures 3. After body fluid exposure/risk 4. After touching a Service User 5. After touching a Service User surroundings.
Correct technique for hand hygiene: Bare Below the Elbow. The Department of Health (2007, 2010) state that hand hygiene is not performed effectively if sleeves and cuffs are close to wrists.
Bare Below the Elbow means:
No long-sleeved clothing (or capacity to fold above elbow)
No wrist watches
No bracelets or wrist bands
No rings except one plain wedding band
No nail varnish, false nails, nail jewellery or nail extensions
Natural nails must be kept short and neat Hand decontamination using an effective technique, will ensure that all surfaces of the hands are covered. Clinical staff must use the Ayliffe (6 steps) hand hygiene technique. Lancaster university have produced a video on how to use the technique.