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Infection Control & Handwashing

Each year, two million people become ill as a result of a hospital-acquired infection, which contribute to the death of nearly 90,000 hospital patients per year and $4.5 billion in medical expenses. Proper hand hygiene is a crucial part of preventing these infections.

Hand washing is a simple measure, but one we take seriously at Rex. It's a basic condition of employment for everyone at Rex. We also encourage patients and visitors to participate in and promote good hand hygiene by following proper hand washing procedures and speaking up to ask if caregivers have done the same.

Hand washing using soap and running water must be done in the following situations:

  • When hands are visibly soiled or contaminated with body substances
  • Before eating
  • After using the restroom
  • After contact with patients identified with Clostridium difficile, bacillus anthracis, norovirus, rotavirus, or diarrhea of unknown cause

If hands are not visibly soiled use an alcohol based handrub in the following situations:

  • Before and after contact with each patient.
  • After contact with body fluids, secretions, excretions, mucous membranes, and non-intact skin.
  • After contact with inanimate objects in the immediate vicinity of the patient.
  • When moving from a contaminated to a clean body site.
  • After removing gloves.

Rex's hand washing process is as follows:

  • Wet hands with warm water
  • Apply soap and rub hands vigorously for at least 15 seconds covering all surfaces of hands and fingers
  • Rinse hands with warm water
  • Dry hands thoroughly using a disposable towel
  • Use the towel to turn off the faucet