Question A: You must make sure that your assistant understands that the environment of the hospital is such that there is a serious problem with infections that arise in the hospital. Therefore it is essential to keep the hospital as clean as possible to prevent these nosocomial infections under control.
Question B: You should make sure that the new person is aware of all the standard operating procedures that are used in the hospital for disinfection and that this new person adheres to these protocols.
As we have seen in previous chapters the simple act of washing your hands plays a major role in preventing infection. This question emphasizes the importance of washing your hands.
Question A: As we learned throughout our discussions, the skin is covered with organisms that have the potential to cause opportunistic infections. In addition, the hands are routinely coming in contact with potentially dangerous organisms. Consequently, keeping the hands as free as possible from these contaminating organisms in particular when working with patients who are already ill will be very important in preventing possible infections.
Question B: Although wearing rubber gloves is a requirement for many hospital procedures, it is still possible to cause the spread of infection while wearing them. In most cases the gloves will be sterile but even these can be contaminated over time. Also, wearing them does not disinfect your hands. Therefore the organisms found on your skin are still there and you should continue to wash your hands as often as possible.
Question C: There is a difference between the soaps you use at home and those you use in a clinical setting. Those that are used in the hospital will contain additives that increase the antibacterial activity of the soap.