Basic hygiene routines and dress code for health and social care staff

Basic hygiene routines and dress code for health and social care staff - Overview

Basic hygiene routines must be applied by all health and social care staff involved in care, examination and treatment or other direct contact with a person where health and social care is delivered. This is irrespective of health and social care provider and setting. Basic hygiene routines apply whether or not the patient/care recipient is known to have an infection. (SOSFS 2015:10)

The aim of basic hygiene routines is to prevent the spread of infections in health and social care services.

Basic hygiene routines include rules for: 

  • Hand hygiene.
  • Personal protective equipment.
  • Management of body fluid spillages.
  • Workwear.
  • Hair and beard.
  • Jewellery and bandage on hands.

The symbol below is used in Vårdhandboken (The Handbook for Healthcare) when basic hygiene routines must be applied:

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