Core Infection Prevention and Control Practices for Healthcare Delivery
The Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPAC) is a federal advisory committee chartered in 1991 to provide advice and guidance to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) regarding the practice of infection control and strategies for surveillance, prevention and control of healthcare-associated infections, antimicrobial resistance and related events in United States healthcare settings.
Recommendations from the HICPAC for Core Infection Prevention and Control Practices for Safe Healthcare Delivery in All Health-Care Settings include a variety of core practice categories. These core practices are considered standards of care and/or accepted practices. Adherence to these practices is essential to providing safe and high-quality patient care across all settings where healthcare is delivered. From education and training to safety precautions, there are variety of things that healthcare workers should do to provide a safe, clean environment for patients. One of those core practice categories is hand hygiene. Learn more about the core practices in this category below.
Healthcare personnel should perform hand hygiene in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations. Either an alcohol-based hand rub or handwashing with soap and water should be used for the following clinical indications:
- Immediately before touching a patient
- Before performing an aseptic task (i.e. placing an indwelling device) or handling invasive medical devices
- Before moving from work on a soiled body site to a clean body site on the same patient
- After touching a patient or the patient’s immediate environment
- After contact with blood, body fluids or contaminated surfaces
- Immediately after glove removal
Healthcare personnel should be sure to perform hand hygiene with soap and water anytime the hands are visibly soiled. In addition, you should ensure that all supplies necessary for adherence to hand hygiene are readily accessible in all areas where patient care is being delivered.
To learn about the other core practice categories, visit: https://www.cdc.gov/hicpac/pdf/core-practices.pdf.
Portable Sinks for Healthcare Environments
Our portable sinks make it easy to have hand hygiene supplies readily accessible in healthcare situations. Nurses, doctors and other healthcare workers can easily move the sinks to whichever room patient care is being administered. Rather than re-designing your healthcare establishment to add more rooms with plumbing accessibility, you can just invest in healthcare sinks from All Portable Sinks. Easily store disinfectant products that are also necessary for environmental cleaning and disinfection practices in the cabinet under the sink.
No plumbing is required for this portable hand washing station. Move it to wherever you need access to a sink for washing hands. The water is heated by a tankless, on-demand water heater. The basin of the sink is approx. 5” deep and comes in either plastic or stainless steel.
This portable sink features a deep stainless steel basin and extra-long cabinet giving you more counter space and storage! This elegant durable unit is available in cherry or maple natural wood grain finish. The sink comes with a top-fill liquid soap dispenser and quick connect hoses for easy tank removal and set up.
This triple basin sink can operate without the need for additional plumbing facilities. This model is a compact unit, yet it contains three large sinks. It comes with a hand-soap dispenser and fresh/waste water tanks, making it truly self-contained.
An easily movable, portable sink is perfect for medical facilities such as doctors’ offices, hospitals, healthcare facilities, nursing homes and more! Roll the self-contained sink to your desired location, plug it in and get on-demand hot and cold running water at your fingertips. Easily add an extra hand washing station without adding plumbing. We have a variety of styles to choose from in our healthcare sink collection.
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