December 29, 2008
Update to UMHS infection control policy
This entry is relevant only to iPod Squad volunteers
The UMHS recently updated their infection control policy with regards to hands washing and it applies to all staff, including volunteers.
The policy states that:
Hand hygiene shall be performed in each of the following situations:
Upon entering and leaving a patient room (ex: inpatient, procedure room).
Before and after each patient contact.
Between patient contacts if more than one patient in the room.
Before and after contact with patients who are not in a room (ex: on a stretcher, in open bays, etc.).
For us this means that iPod Squad volunteers will need to cleanse their hands with Purell when they arrive at the floor (before they enter the first patient's room) and after each iPod checkout. If the volunteer entered the room and talked with patients, but did not check an iPod, they would not have to cleanse their hands again.
Please let us know if you have an questions.
Posted by rvolk at December 29, 2008 09:22 AM