4723-20-03 Hand hygiene.

During the delivery of healthcare, licensees and certificate holders shall follow acceptable and prevailing standard precautions for hand hygiene, including but not limited to the following:

(A) Appropriate handwashing prior to performing or participating in an exposure-prone activity and after performing or participating in an exposure-prone activity;

(B) Washing the hands and other skin surfaces immediately and thoroughly when hands have had contact with mucous membranes, blood or body fluids, secretions or excretions, or after touching contaminated items; and

(C) Washing the hands immediately after the gloves are removed; and

(D) For the purposes of this chapter, hand washing may include the use of alcohol-based waterless hand sanitizers or other antimicrobial agents. If contact with spores, such as C. difficile or bacillus anthracis, has likely occurred, the physical action of washing and rinsing hands with antimicrobial soap and water is the recommended standard precaution.

Effective: 02/01/2014
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 10/17/2013 and 10/15/2018
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4723.07(L)
Rule Amplifies: 4723.07(L)
Prior Effective Dates: 10/01/1993, 04/01/1999, 02/01/2001, 02/01/2004, 02/01/2009