Chapter 18 - Clinical Corner

It was already a very busy day in the infectious disease ward of the hospital. Patients were being admitted and discharged and others were being sent for tests. It is your responsibility to see that the rooms that are being vacated are cleaned and ready to receive new patients. You have a new nursing assistant to help you with this.

A. How will you explain the importance of the job at hand?

B. What procedures should you make your assistant aware of?

Hospital standard operating procedures require that you wash your hands regularly even though most of the time you are wearing rubber gloves when working with patients.

A. Why is washing your hands so important?

B. What effect will wearing rubber gloves have on the need for washing your hands?

C. Is hand washing in the hospital the same as at home?