Importance of hand hygiene during invasive procedures
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Importance of hand hygiene during invasive procedures

Claire Kilpatrick Nurse consultant infection control, Health Protection Scotland, Glasgow, World Health Organization Patient Safety
Heather Murdoch Senior scientist, Health Protection Scotland, Glasgow
Julie Storr Project manager, World Health Organization, Imperial College London, Infection Prevention Society

Invasive devices, such as urinary catheters and peripheral and central venous catheters, can form part of essential patient care and may provide life-saving support and treatment. However, the invasive nature of these devices and the vulnerability of patients can increase the risk of acquiring a healthcare-associated infection (HCAI). This article highlights the importance of best practice in relation to insertion and management of invasive devices, incorporating hand hygiene, to reduce the risk of HCAI. Although the information can be applied to invasive devices in general, the focus is on urinary catheters.

Nursing Standard. 26, 41, 42-46. doi: 10.7748/ns2012.

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