Can a Home Health Aide Change Sterile Dressings?
Can a home health aide change sterile dressings?
This is a question that many people are asking, as more and more people are hiring home health aides (HHA) to help take care of them. There are some things that HHAs are allowed to do, and there are some things that they are not allowed to do.
In this blog post, we will discuss the duties of a home health aide and whether or not they can change sterile dressings.
The profile of home health aide is someone who provides basic care for a person in their own home. This includes things like bathing, dressing, and grooming the person. They may also help with meals and transportation.
HHAs are not allowed to do anything that requires medical training or skills.
This means that they cannot irrigate body cavities such as enema or a colostomy, nor can they wound dressings. If the person you are hiring needs assistance with these tasks, then you will need to find someone else to provide that care.
TO THE POINT
A home health aide is only able to change a non-sterile bandage.
If the patient requests assistance and requires an LPN or higher, then this would be skilled nursing care which needs both script from physician as well as their license scope for certification in order do it correctly; but if they’re just looking something simple like replacing your dressing every now again than you can handle on your own without any harm coming out of what happened before (or after).
Sterile technique involves methods to reduce exposure to micro-organisms, including hand washing, and using a sterile field, instruments, gloves, and sterile dressing. Sterile dressing change may be defined as the replacement of the wound dressing using sterile technique and supplies.
Other Duties a HHA Can and Cannot Do
A home health aide (HHA) can change a non-sterile dressing with the proper training and equipment but cannot change a sterile dressing.
They may also be limited in their ability to provide other nursing care which needs both script from physician as well as their license scope for certification in order do it correctly; but if they’re just looking something simple like replacing your dressing every now again than you can handle on your own without any harm coming out of what happened before (or after).
The home health aide or certified nursing assistant (CNA) is prohibited from performing certain tasks that require specialized training.