Reply To: BMT handwashing

  • Caroline Anderson

    June 10, 2019 at 8:19 am

    ​Good morning,

    We do full hand washing prior to anytime we enter the bone marrow transplant unit.  Once in the unit we are able to use hand sanitizer unless hands visibly soiled, or patient requires handwashing for something like c. diff.

    This is also helpful if you need it! I don’t think our staff realized hand gel is preferred over handwashing (depending on the situation):
    Hand Hygiene Guideline | Hand Hygiene | CDC

    Hope that helps!


    Caroline Anderson, CPHON,MSN,RN
    Staff Education
    Cook Children’s Medical Center
    Fort Worth, TX
    United States
    Original Message:
    Sent: 06-04-2019 05:32 PM
    From: Angele Phillips
    Subject: BMT handwashing

    Hi everyone,

    I am looking to see what other centers do for BMT patients. Do you do a full hand wash prior to entering the room? Or is alcohol based hand sanitizer sufficient?
    Also, do you wipe down supplies with any kind of disinfectant wipe prior to bringing them in?

    Thank you for your help,


    Angèle Phillips, HBSc, BScN, RN
    Clinical Nurse Educator
    Oncology, Hematology & BMT
    BC Children’s Hospital
    Phone: (604) 875-2345 ext 4749