Aseptic No Touch Technique may be used in conjunction with sterile gloves as an alternative to full surgical asepsis for body piercing procedures.
I demonstrated variations on this with colleagues during the Versatility in Piercing Techniques series of workshops for the 2014 APP conference.
The following is from ANTT.org:
ANTT is a unique and contemporary practice framework for aseptic technique. By demand, it has become the de facto standard aseptic technique in the UK National Health Service and it is now used widely internationally.
The ANTT Model for safe aseptic technique
The Theoretical Framework for Clinical Practice teaches the essential principles and process of aseptic practice by the unique approach of ANTT. It is intended for all clinical procedures…‘From surgery to community care’.
ANTT Clinical Guidelines translate these foundation principles into practice via simple practice prompts which are displayed in clinical areas.
Compliance to the guidelines is established organisation wide by the ANTT Implementation Audit Cycle.
Across the world, every year thousands of patients suffer harm or die from health care acquired infections (HCAI). It is estimated that 30% of HCAI’s are preventable. Due to the invasive nature of clinical procedures, health care workers are inherently a significant vector of infection. Of course, health care professionals do not set out to harm patients during clinical procedures, quite the contrary. But the risk that health care professionals pose is significant and needs to be minimized as much as is practically possible. We work with committed health care professionals internationally to help achieve this.
The method by which health care workers aim to minimize this risk of causing infection during invasive clinical procedures is called aseptic technique. Considering the many years that aseptic technique has been established, actual practice is remarkably undefined and unstandardized. As a consequence, the effectiveness of aseptic technique and practice has commonly been sub standard and is accepted as a significant cause of health care acquired infection.
ANTT was the first contemporary comprehensive practice framework for aseptic technique. It address the historical weaknesses that have inhibited practice. It provides health care workers with a logical practice framework which promotes safe and efficient aseptic technique.
In summary, ANTT:
- Supports health care workers to practice safely and efficiently.
- Standardizes aseptic technique across organizations and reduces variability in practice.
- Supports health care organizations to manage the significant risks of aseptic technique.
- Helps make patients to feel safe.