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.
- 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: