Nursing Continue Education

Best Practices for Home Health Nursing – Bag Technique (reading notes)

Home Health Nursing -Bag Technique:

  • Hand hygiene

  • Bag placement
    • acceptable disposable, one time use surface-barrier materials include wax paper
    • reusable surface barriers that contain antimicrobial additives work on contact with microorganisms
    • if there is no visibly clean, dry, flat surface in the patient’s environment and a barrier is not available, the clinician should hang the bag on a doorknob or over-the-door hanger.
  • Bag placement during interim storage

 

  • Cleaning the interior and exterior surfaces of the bag
    • when a surface barrier is routinely used under the bag, the recommendation for reducing the bioburden is to clean the interior and exterior of the bag minimally once a month
    • when a surface barrier is not routinely used under the bag, the recommendation for reducing the bioburden is to clean the exterior of the bag minimally once a week.
    • whenever a monthly time frame is selected for any cleaning activity, it should occur at the end of the month.

 

  • Maintenance of equipment and supplies stores in the bag
  • Management of equipment and supplies removed from the bag

***Currently, there are no data that serve as evidence of a home care or hospice patient developing an infection from a pathogenic microorganism brought into a patient’s home via a nursing bag. ***

However,

***When Bakunas-Kenneley and Madigan cultured nursing bags from four different home care agencies, they found that 84% of the outside of the bags cultured positive for human pathogens, and of the bags whose outside cultured positive, 15.9% of the organisms were multi-drug resistant. ***

***Before re-entering the nursing bag, clinicians should remove their gloves and perform hand hygiene. ***

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