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

BASIC HYGIENE ROUTINES AND DRESS CODE FOR HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE STAFF

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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