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13 Guidelines in an Aseptic Techniques Course

     As a health care professional, you have probably undergone numerous training courses as part of your job responsibility. All training courses are equally important for someone in the medical field, but it sometimes may be hard retaining all the information you have gathered by attending them. Following you will find a few important guidelines that should help you more easily remember the information learned during an aseptic technique course.

1. The most important things any health care professional has to remember is that, prior to performing any procedure on a patient, the environment, the equipment, and the patient himself have to be prepared.

2. The medical professional is required to disinfect his or her hands by washing them with water and soap, or by using an antiseptic solution, such as iodine. The washing should be performed as rigorously as possible and should cover both the hands and the forearms.

3. Depending on the procedure which will be undertaken, the health care employee has to put on the necessary protective equipment. For minor procedures, a pair of gloves will suffice; for more extensive ones, protective masks and gowns may also be required.

4. The equipment necessary for the procedure has to be gathered in one place and the employee has to make sure that it has been properly sterilized.

5. The surface containing the necessary equipment and supplies has to be placed as closely as possible to the patient.

6. If possible, the health care professional should employ the help of an assistant who will be able to hand him the necessary instruments during the procedure.

7. If the patient already has bandages or dressings, they have to be removed carefully. Following this operation, the health care professional is required to change the pair of gloves he is wearing.

8. Next, he or she is required to disinfect the site of the procedure or the wound. This can be done using a number of antiseptic solutions.

9. The procedure then has to be performed with the goal of asepsis in mind. More specifically, sterile items should only come in contact with sterile surfaces and non-sterile equipment with non-sterile surfaces.

10. Any contaminated items, such as swabs, bandages, or needles have to be disposed of in enclosed containers, specifically made for these purposes.
11.The protective equipment using during the procedure also has to be removed and placed in the domestic waste stream.

12. After the procedure has ended, the health care professional is required to once again wash his hands, following the same guidelines. The work surfaces have to be cleaned thoroughly as well, preferably using a solution containing ethanol.

13. Any equipment using during the intervention which can be reused has to be sent for sterilizations. Everything else can be disposed of.

These are the most important guidelines covered in any aseptic techniques course. In order to ensure that you are practicing the right aseptic techniques, make sure you keep the pointers provided above in mind, at all times and learn the in-depth details of each in a training course.

For more information, please visit our Aseptic Techniques Course website.

For more information, please visit our Aseptic Techniques Course website

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For more information, please visit our Aseptic Techniques Course website.

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