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Staff Competencies

Staff should be assessed at least yearly and upon hire for competencies in the following categories (Note: not all categories will be applicable to all staff):

Gloving and hand hygiene (all staff) – includes recognition of appropriate situations for glove use/hand hygiene, proper use and removal of gloves, and proper hand hygiene technique.

Catheter dressing change technique – includes correct performance of hand hygiene, and use of gloves, and correct use of antiseptics (proper application and allow drying, etc).

Vascular access technique – includes correct performance of hand hygiene and use of gloves, catheter site and port/vascular access antisepsis, and aseptic technique.

Safe injection/safe medication practices – includes proper technique for parenteral medication preparation, handling, administration and storage (e.g., not in patient station, etc.), use of aseptic technique, proper hand hygiene before preparing or administering medications or infusions, and proper cleansing of medication injection ports and medication vial diaphragms. Should also include proper use and handling of single use vials and bags.

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