Checklist for the Availability of Alcohol-Based Hand Rub and Clean Gloves

July 11, 2006 | Healthcare Risk, Quality, & Safety Guidance


After finding that its four main hand hygiene resources (i.e., sinks, alcohol-based handrub dispensers, gloves, and waste receptacles) were not "user friendly," one hospital began making changes to ensure that hand hygiene resources were easily visible, placed in all patient rooms and in standardized locations, and located within easy reach of workers, at a convenient height and with unobstructed access. For example, the hospital placed "hand hygiene stations" (i.e., alcohol-based handrub or glove dispensers) on both sides of each patient's bed so that healthcare workers could easily access the dispensers when providing patient care.

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