Interview with the Medical Director at Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals
Dr. Liz Scott, Medical Director, answesr questions on:
- Why alcohol handrub is important to use?
- When to use hand antisepsis?
- What is the proper method of apply alcohol handrub?
Interview with Dr. Liz Scott on Alcohol Handrub
Source: National Patient Safety Agency
Interviewer - Ms. Scott has been a doctor for 25 years. She is currently medical director of the Northern Lincolnshire and Goole hospitals and NHS Foundation Trust. She told me why alcohol hand rub is so important.
Dr. Linda Scott - Hand hygiene is one of the most important parts of reducing healthcare acquired infection. Clean hands are absolutely essential and the alcohol hand gel is a really, really easy way to keep your hands clean. It’s quick and easy to use.
Interviewer - And is there a right and wrong way to use it? And how should you use the hand rub correctly?
Dr. Linda Scott - There is a right or wrong way. You need to make sure you get all your hands clean. So you get the gel on your hands. Rub your hands together. Rub the backs of your hands making sure you really clean in between your fingers. Grip your fingers together. Clean them. Make sure you clean the tips of your fingers as well and then pay special attention to the thumbs and to the wrists. If you notice, I’m not wearing a wrist watch and that means I know I can get my wrists just as clean as my hands.
Interviewer - And when should you be using the alcohol hand rub?
Dr. Linda Scott - You should always use the alcohol hand rub before you go and see a patient and when you’ve seen a patient as well as while you are moving between clinical areas. If you use it before you see a patient, they know you’ve got clean hands and that you care about them.
Interviewer - Do you always use alcohol hand rub at the appropriate time?
Dr. Linda Scott - Yes I do… I do! Or at least I try to. We are all busy and very occasionally you might forget in which case I really hope someone reminds me because it is so important.