Hand hygiene guidelines revised

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Intravenous news: InfectionControlToday.com report “The Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN)  announces that it has revised terminology in its recently published Recommended Practices for Hand Hygiene in the Perioperative Setting to account for the multiple regulatory paths related to hand hygiene products. The following terminology revising recommendation III of this recommended practice was submitted and approved by AORNs board of directors on July 17, 2009: “A surgical hand scrub should be performed by healthcare personnel before donning sterile gloves for surgical or other invasive procedures. Use of either an antimicrobial surgical scrub agent intended for surgical hand antisepsis or an alcohol-based antiseptic surgical hand rub with documented persistent and cumulative activity that has met U.S. Food and Drug (FDA) regulatory requirements for surgical hand antisepsis is acceptable.”

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