Fundamentals Question #27


What is the appropriate hand hygiene protocol when caring for a patient with C. difficile?


  1. Application of hand sanitizer before and after patient care
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  2. Hand hygiene with soap and warm water
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  3. If hands are visibly soiled hand sanitizer can be used
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  4. Some type of hand hygiene is required after patient care
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The correct option is B. Soap and water are the only hand hygiene that are effective against C. difficile. The ingredients in alcohol-based hand sanitizer are not effective against C. difficile Hand hygiene would be used even if hands were not visibly soiled. Some type of hand hygiene after patient care is too vague and does not give specific instructions. Hand hygiene with soap and water is required after caring for patients with C. difficile.

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