A few thoughts on “Infection Control”
Do you remember the days when someone who “decontaminated” their hands in disinfectant twenty times a day or more was considered to have the psychiatric condition of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder?
Do you ever wonder what are the consequences of repeatedly removing your normal skin flaura? Does it perhaps predispose to colonisation by pathogens. Might it increase the risk of infection to your patients, and you?
What do you suppose, bacteriologically, goes on in the warm, moist, unventilated, anaerobic environment inside those rubber gloves on your hands?
What confidence can you have in an infection control nurse who can not answer these questions, and appears not to understand the difference between a commensal and a pathogen?