#7052
Erin
Member

In my experience, measures are always tightened during a crisis and then as each crisis abates the measures seem to loosen. Resources are often shifted to another area of focus. In each of my roles as a nurse the importance has always been placed on the importance of handwashing and this remains the most effective way to control the spread of viruses. Outside of emergencies my organization completes handwashing audits routinely with PSW staff. Whenever I complete skill reviews with PSW staff I am always appreciative of the opportunity for a personal review of how well I am adhering to IPAC protocols. Even though the material is a review, I find myself having light bulb moments from time to time. I also believe that proper staffing ratios would enhance infection control practices by allowing the time for properly completing the four moments of hand hygiene. Reminders posted outside of care rooms of the four moments is helpful for visual learners.