Why is personal hygiene very important

Medical training: Entry into the course - personal hygiene

Definition of 'personal hygiene'

Personal hygiene is understood to mean the measures that serve to protect yourself from infectious diseases.

Regular personal hygiene greatly reduces the risk of disease transmission (e.g. from patients, relatives, contaminated objects).

Personal hygiene

  • general personal hygiene

  • Hygienic hand disinfection

  • Disposable protective gloves

  • Disposable respirator

general personal hygiene

  • body

    • shower daily

    • frequent changes of underwear

  • hair

    • washing hair frequently

    • orderly hairstyle (for example ponytail)

    • suitable headgear if necessary

  • Hands and nails

    • Regular hand washing and disinfection

    • regular skin care (hand cream dispenser at the ambulance)

    • short fingernails

    • if necessary, disposable protective gloves

  • Wrist watch and jewelry

    • Do not wear a wristwatch or jewelry on your hand or fingers during use (e.g. pocket watch, jewelry around your neck)

Hygienic hand disinfection

  • Measure: Carry out hygienic hand disinfection

Disposable protective gloves

  • if there is a risk of contact with body fluids or excretions

    • blood

    • pus

    • urine

    • chair

    • Sputum / sputum

  • Before starting use, insert a sufficient number of the appropriate size

  • Use fresh gloves for every changing patient contact

  • Measure: Put on, wear and take off disposable protective gloves

Disposable respirator

  • if there is a risk of contact with body fluids or excretions

    • Droplets (e.g. TBC)

    • Aerosols (e.g. dentist)

    • Dressing changes (for example pus)

  • Measure: Put on, wear and take off a disposable breathing mask

  • If necessary, put on a disposable breathing mask (also) for the patient