Surrounding viruses and bacteria cause a bigger percentage of Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). Hand-washing hygiene is, therefore, a vital aspect in any hospital. Health care workers handle diverse clients with various contagious issues (Jeswani & Vaya, 2018). Hand hygiene is one of the approaches that medics and patients can use to reduce the transfer of pathogens from one person to another or from one point to another (Musu et al., 2017). Catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs) can be transferred between individuals by handling patients and equipment. Clinicians managing CAUTI patients must observe high levels of hand cleanliness. This work presents an evaluation plan for an effective hand washing technique to prevent CAUTI.
The evaluation will review a written document and evidence showing a laid-down plan to establish the hand washing technique. The written form must show a step-by-step strategy of implementing the process. First, there should be evidence that equipment to dispense water and soaps was bought and installed accordingly. The examiners will physically look at the fixed sinks and soap machines to ascertain the appropriateness of their location. A successful installation will be highlighted by having the two items in every entrance including gates, offices, wards, restrooms, laboratories, consultation rooms, ICU, and other pathways, particularly the rooms with CAUTI patients.
After putting hand washing stations in order, the next step will be to sensitize workers on hand hygiene. This stage will include having an expert in hand washing techniques to educate others on hand cleaning procedures. The accomplishment of this process must show that health care service provides learned hand washing steps. The hand washing method should reveal the process of wetting hands with water and liquid detergent. Demonstrating rubbing palm to palm in circular motions, scrubbing the back of hands, interlinking fingers, cleaning finger by finger, and cleansing palms with fingers is also a part of the plan (Samyoun et al., 2021). The hospital staff will teach each patient they encounter the importance of the hand washing routine.
In addition, success will be indicated by throughout water and soap supply in the dispensers. Additionally, each hand washing station must have wipes or an electronic hand dryer and dustbin to ensure people do not use contaminated clothes to dry their hands. The evaluation team will also watch how frequently both patients and health workers use the amenities. The observation will be necessary for assessing how the equipment has been utilized.
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