Infections in residents at long-term care facilities are common, costly and associated with significant mortality rates. Especially, within elder care, the transmission of infections causes a lot of problems. Many residents, due to immune dysfunction and other limitations associated with ageing, are especially vulnerable.
In long term care, the risk of transmission of infection or microorganisms is high as well. This is due to a number of reasons, one of them being the open environment with many points of contact between caregivers, visitors and residents. This means that the precautions taken within care homes often depend heavily on individual initiatives and know-how among staff.
To prevent damages, both physical and financial, that transmissions of infections can inflict on your long-term care residence, it’s important to limit spread. Proper hand hygiene is the single most important step in preventing infection in long-term care. The WHO has created a way to apply 4 moments of hand hygiene for healthcare in residential homes: Clean your hands 1) before touching the resident; 2) immediately before performing a clean/aseptic procedure; 3) immediately after a procedure involving body fluid exposure risk and 4) after touching the resident or when the encounter is interrupted.
By educating visitors and staff alike, as well as making soap and water or sanitizers more accessible, you help ensure good hand hygiene and thereby reduce the risk of infection spreading in the LTC facility.
We know that caring for the elderly means that you also cater to their well-being and pay attention to their specific needs in terms of skin care. Even though sanitizing products are efficient, the availability of soft soaps, hand creams and other products adapted for sensitive skin is both as a good addition and proof of your concern for your aged residents.
Ready to take measures to improve hand hygiene in your long-term care? Have one of our team members contact you.