Clean technique refers to the use of routine hand washing, hand drying and use of non-sterile gloves.
When staff are instructed to use clean technique, they are being asked to at least wash their hands with soap and water, to remove all visible dirt from their hands, and to dry their hands. If gloves are used, clean, non-sterile gloves are appropriate.
When to use clean technique
Use clean technique if staff or objects will touch intact skin, intact mucous membranes or dirty (contaminated) items
Example of clean technique when to use
Clean tech is appropriate for:
1. Taking blood pressures
2. Examining patients
3. Feeding patients
Sterile technique is used for surgery or the preparation of sterile materials for multiple patients. It involves:
Surgical hand rub with long acting antiseptic
Hands dried with sterile towels
Sterile gown, mask
A dedicated room