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Key Takeaways: Revised Guideline for Hand Hygiene
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Revised Guideline for Hand Hygiene
Actions should be taken to prevent waterborne pathogen dispersion during use of hand hygiene and surgical scrub sinks.
Dispersal of water and potential waterborne pathogens may be minimized by:
- Installing sinks with basins deep enough to minimize splashing
- Minimizing surface area in contact with water
- Providing adequate space between sinks and patients, sterile items, and medication preparation
- Installing splash guards where appropriate
- Locating faucets so that they do not discharge directly above the drain
- Adjusting water pressure to reduce forceful discharge into the sink at maximum flow
- Implementing routine cleaning of sinks and surrounding areas.
Sinks, faucets, and drains are common sources of Pseudomonas aeruginosa and other gram-negative bacteria. Forming or utilizing an existing water management team to develop a plan for reducing bacterial contamination of sinks, faucets, and drains is key to preventing pathogen transmission.
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