Strong polythene blue disposable aprons used extensively in the food processing and care home industries. These disposable aprons are fluid and bacteria resistant to offer a high level of hygiene. Supplied flat pack for convenience. Manufactured in accordance with European PPE Directive 89/686/EEC. Disposable aprons are available either flat in polybags or perforated on rolls in order to suit each dispensing requirement. Pack: 100 aprons Blue apron size: 27 inch x 46 inch / 60 x 107cm.
Terms used in this guidance Aseptic technique An aseptic technique ensures that only uncontaminated equipment and fluids come into contact with susceptible body sites. It should be used during any clinical procedure that bypasses the body’s natural defences. Using the principles of asepsis minimises the spread of organisms from one person to another.
Direct patient care ‘Hands on’ or face-to-face contact with patients. Any physical aspect of the healthcare of a patient, including treatments, self-care and administration of medication. Hand decontamination The use of handrub or handwashing to reduce the number of bacteria on the hands. In this guideline this term is interchangeable with ‘hand hygiene’. Handrub A preparation applied to the hands to reduce the number of viable microorganisms.
This guideline refers to handrubs compliant with British standards (BS EN1500; standard for efficacy of hygienic handrubs using a reference of 60% isopropyl alcohol). Healthcare worker Any person employed by the health service, social services, a local authority or an agency to provide care for a sick, disabled or elderly person. Healthcare waste In this guideline, healthcare waste refers to any waste produced by, and as a consequence of, healthcare activities. Personal protective equipment
Equipment that is intended to be worn or held by a person to protect them from risks to their health and safety while at work.
Examples include gloves, aprons, and eye and face protection.
1.1 Standard principles 1.1.1 General advice 188.8.131.52 Everyone involved in providing care should be: educated about the standard principles of infection prevention and control and trained in hand decontamination, the use of personal protective equipment, and the safe use and disposal of sharps.  184.108.40.206 Wherever care is delivered, healthcare workers must have available appropriate supplies of: materials for hand decontamination sharps containers personal protective equipment. [new 2012]
220.127.116.11 Educate patients and carers about: the benefits of effective hand decontamination the correct techniques and timing of hand decontamination when it is appropriate to use liquid soap and water or handrub the availability of hand decontamination facilities their role in maintaining standards of healthcare workers’ hand decontamination. [new 2012] 1.1.2 Hand decontamination 18.104.22.168
Hands must be decontaminated in all of the following circumstances: immediately before every episode of direct patient contact or care, including aseptic procedures immediately after every episode of direct patient contact or care immediately after any exposure to body fluids immediately after any other activity or contact with a patient’s surroundings that could potentially result in hands becoming contaminated immediately after removal of gloves. [new 2012] 22.214.171.124 Decontaminate hands preferably with a hand-rub (conforming to current British standards), except in the following circumstances,
when liquid soap and water must be used:
when hands are visibly soiled or potentially contaminated with body fluids or in clinical situations where there is potential for the spread of alcohol-resistant organisms (such as Clostridium difficile or other organisms that cause diarrhoeal illness).
[new 2012] 126.96.36.199 Healthcare workers should ensure that their hands can be decontaminated throughout the duration of clinical work by: being bare below the elbow when delivering direct patient care removing wrist and hand jewellery making sure that fingernails are short, clean and free of nail polish covering cuts and abrasions with waterproof dressings. [new 2012] 188.8.131.52 An effective handwashing technique involves three stages: preparation, washing and rinsing, and drying.
Preparation requires wetting hands under tepid running water before applying liquid soap or an antimicrobial preparation. The handwash solution must come into contact with all of the surfaces of the hand. The hands must be rubbed together vigorously for a minimum of 10–15 seconds, paying particular attention to the tips of the fingers, the thumbs and the areas between the fingers. Hands should be rinsed thoroughly before drying with good quality paper towels.  184.108.40.206 When decontaminating hands using an alcohol handrub, hands should be free from dirt and organic material.
The hand-rub solution must come into contact with all surfaces of the hand. The hands must be rubbed together vigorously, paying particular attention to the tips of the fingers, the thumbs and the areas between the fingers, until the solution has evaporated and the hands are dry.  220.127.116.11 An emollient hand cream should be applied regularly to protect skin from the drying effects of regular hand decontamination. If a particular soap, antimicrobial hand wash or alcohol product causes skin irritation an occupational health team should be consulted.
 1.1.3 Use of personal protective equipment 18.104.22.168 Selection of protective equipment must be based on an assessment of the risk of transmission of microorganisms to the patient, and the risk of contamination of the healthcare worker’s clothing and skin by patients’ blood, body fluids, secretions or excretions.
 22.214.171.124 Gloves used for direct patient care: must conform to current EU legislation (CE marked as medical gloves for single use)and should be appropriate for the task.
[new 2012] 126.96.36.199 Gloves must be worn for invasive procedures, contact with sterile sites and non-intact skin or mucous membranes, and all activities that have been assessed as carrying a risk of exposure to blood, body fluids, secretions or excretions, or to sharp or contaminated instruments.  188.8.131.52 Gloves must be worn as single-use items. They must be put on immediately before an episode of patient contact or treatment and removed as soon as the activity is completed. Gloves must be changed between caring for different patients, and between different care or treatment activities for the same patient. 
184.108.40.206 Ensure that gloves used for direct patient care that have been exposed to body fluids are disposed of correctly, in accordance with current national legislation or local policies (see section 1.1.5).
[new 2012] 220.127.116.11 Alternatives to natural rubber latex gloves must be available for patients, carers and healthcare workers who have a documented sensitivity to natural rubber latex.  18.104.22.168 Do not use polythene gloves for clinical interventions. [new 2012] 22.214.171.124 When delivering direct patient care: wear a disposable plastic apron if there is a risk that clothing may be exposed to blood, body fluids, secretions or
excretions or wear a long-sleeved fluid-repellent gown if there is a risk of extensive splashing of blood, body fluids, secretions or excretions onto skin or clothing. 
126.96.36.199 When using disposable plastic aprons or gowns: use them as single-use items, for one procedure or one episode of direct patient care and ensure they are disposed of correctly (see section 1.1.5).
 188.8.131.52 Face masks and eye protection must be worn where there is a risk of blood, body fluids, secretions or excretions splashing into the face and eyes.  184.108.40.206 protective equipment, for example a particulate filter mask, must be used when clinically indicated. 
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