The Importance of Hygiene in CNA Training

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The importance of hygiene in any medical environment, not just in CNA training and employment, cannot be understated. Since the role of hygiene was established by a Hungarian physician in the 1800s an overwhelming emphasis has been placed on hand washing and general hygiene in nursing, surgery, general practice, CNA training and every other area of medicine. But what do you know about professional and medical standards of hygiene and what can these standards mean in your role as a nursing assistant?

Why is Hygiene Important After and During CNA Training?

Why is CNA hygiene important?
As a CNA the health and safety of yourself, your patient and your colleagues relies on your diligent and consistent adherence to hygiene standards and procedures. During your CNA training and your workplace training you will be given the skills to meet medical and professional hygiene standards and you will be expected to demonstrate these applied skills during your CNA practical assessment.

5 steps to checking CNA hygiene

  1. Remove all obstructive jewellery in line with the facility’s guidelines.
  2. Tie back, pin back or groom hair to ensure that hair does not come in contact with the patient, food or bodily fluids.
  3. Ensure you wash work clothes thoroughly after every shift.
  4. Wash hands regularly and thoroughly, including nails, in line with CNA training
  5. Use gloves where appropriate, especially during patient treatments

Why is patient hygiene important?
Patients rely on CNAs to undertake regular and routine hygiene treatments for them. Without attention to patient hygiene patients can encounter all sorts of health problems including bed sores, rashes and infections. Nail clipping, hair trimming, toileting and bathing is not only crucial to maintaining patient dignity but is also crucial in maintaining patient health and wellbeing and limiting the spread of infectious diseases to other patients or staff.

5 steps to checking patient hygiene

  1. Maintain a regular and appropriate toileting routine for each patient
  2. Check the patient’s hands and nails for potential hygiene issues
  3. Check and change bedding regularly
  4. Report any potential issues with hygiene to supervisor
  5. Check and personally document all hygiene activities in patient’s medical records

What can your CNA training teach you about hygiene?
CNA training can teach you the appropriate processes and procedures to maintain a level of hygiene in your work as a CNA. The basis for CNA training is to provide an appropriate and high quality level of care and this high quality of care hinges on basic principles of hygiene and common sense to ensure that all patients have an equally high chance of recovery or stability without exposure to harmful germs or pathogens.

Where can I go for more information on hygiene and CNA training?
Your CNA training facility will be able to assist you with the majority of your hygiene related enquiries but you may also find the following resources useful:

  • Your CNA training textbooks
  • Your Work experience placement facility
  • Your state department of health
  • Your federal health department
  • Online Nursing and nursing support resources


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