Healthcare Bag Technique
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- Prevent contamination of the healthcare bag.
- Protect patients, family members, and healthcare workers from the spread of infection.
- Demonstrate compliance with federal, state, and local laws and regulations, accreditation standards, infection control principles, and standard precautions.
Bag Technique Procedure
- Select a healthcare bag that has at least three separate compartments,
at least one of which should be lockable to secure patient
- Designate two “clean” compartments, one for clean disposables
and the other for patient records.
- Pack the bag with necessary supplies before leaving for visits.
Pack hand washing supplies near the top or in a side pocket
where they are easily accessible.
- Store the healthcare bag in a clean storage container or other
separate compartment in your car.
- Do not take the healthcare bag into infested homes or homes of
patients with antibiotic resistant infections such as MRSA or VRE.
- In the home, identify a clean and safe area for the healthcare
bag. Never set the healthcare bag on the floor. Always choose a
place to set the bag that gives you enough work space, is close
to the patient, has a source of water, and is away from children
- Plan where you will discard disposable items and sharps ahead
- Spread an impervious barrier on the surface before setting the
- Remove hand washing supplies first. Wash and dry hands
thoroughly, following proper hand washing technique.
- Remove any items needed for patient care, including any
necessary personal protective equipment.
- Close the bag before performing patient care.
- Wash your hands again if you need to re-enter the bag for
additional supplies during patient care.
- Only dispose of sharps in an approved sharps disposal container.
The sharps container must be kept in a separate “dirty” compartment
or a designated sharps container pouch. Never put used
sharps directly in the bag.
- Discard disposables in a sealed trash bag or biohazard bag.
Follow local and state regulations for infectious waste disposal.
- Bag soiled reusable items that cannot be cleaned in the patient’s
home and transport them according to agency policy. Do not put
these soiled items back into the healthcare bag.
- Wash your hands, then repack and close the healthcare bag.
- Clean and disinfect the healthcare bag weekly by hand washing
in mild soap and warm water and air drying. Then spray both
inside and outside with SaniZide Plus, and air dry again.
Essential Supplies Checklist
*These items and many others come
in our Starter Kit with the Hopkins®
Original Home Health Bag
Compliments of Hopkins Medical Products. This document is not intended
to supersede established agency healthcare bag techniques. (Prepared by
Beacon Health, Hopkins Medical Products Article #8324 ©1998-2016.)