Good hygiene goes beyond hand washing and sanitizer, especially in medical training scenarios. It is key to mimic what is safe in the real world while refreshing important lifesaving knowledge. Following these simple steps can keep you safe during training and beyond.
The safest way to conduct any medical training is to use the industry standard of universal precautions. According to the United States Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), “universal precautions is an approach to infection control to treat all human blood and certain human body fluids as if they were known to be infectious”. Because this is the standard across all medical facilities and practitioners, it is best to mimic these precautions when providing training or recertification courses. Universal precautions include the use of gloves, masks, and gowns whenever there is any type of blood or bodily fluids present, so in mimicking procedures during training it is good to assume prospective patients may have any of these fluids present. The only bodily fluid not subject to universal precautions, according to OSHA, is sweat.
Common Sense Avoidance
When you are going to be spending an extended amount of time in close quarters with others, it is important to make sure you are healthy. If you are experiencing any symptoms of common viruses or have any type of infection, do not attend group training or recertification. It is not only polite but one of your duties as someone who may provide lifesaving care to others in the future to stay home and not run the risk of infecting others. It is also important to wash your hands regularly during the day and use sanitizer if necessary.
By using industry standards as well as some common sense, you minimize the risk of sharing any viruses while reinforcing the appropriate procedures. If you are a trainee in a course, feel free to ask your instructor about how they are practicing hygiene in the course. This is a question of safety and health so there is no need to worry about if it is polite.