Six top tips for infection control

September 2016

Hawke’s Bay DHB Infection Prevention and Control Advisor MARGARET DRURY shares some standard precautions to help prevent and contain an outbreak in an aged care facility.


Infection controlHand hygiene

  • Hand washing or alcohol gel.
  • Perform before and after touching the patient and their surroundings.
  • Perform before and after contact with body fluids, e.g. blood, urine or bowel motions.


  • Wear gloves before touching body fluids and broken skin.
  • Always perform hand hygiene before and after removal.

Mask and eye protection

  • Protect eyes, nose, and mouth during activities that cause splashes or sprays of body fluids. 

Gown/plastic apron

  • Wear during cares that may cause splashes or sprays of body fluids.

Environmental control

  • For cleaning of beds, equipment and frequently touched surfaces, follow the facility’s cleaning guidelines.

Used linen

  • Discard into linen bins immediately to stop personal contamination and transfer of bugs/germs to other patients.

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