Bag Technique




To describe the procedure for maintaining a clean nursing bag and preventing cross-contamination.


As part of the infection/exposure control plan, GENTLE CARE HOSPICE, INC. personnel will consistently implement principles to maximize efficient use of the patient’s care supply bag when used in caring for patients.


 1.             The bag may have the following contents:              

                A.            Hand washing equipment – alcohol based hand rub and skin cleanser, soap, and paper towels.

B.            Assessment equipment (as appropriate to the level of care being provided) – thermometers, stethoscopes, a hem gauge to measure wounds, sphygmomanometer, and urine testing equipment.


C.            Disposable supplies (as appropriate to the level of care being provided) – plastic thermometer covers (if applicable), sterile and non-sterile gloves, plastic aprons, dressings, adhesive tape, alcohol swabs, tongue blades, applicators, lubricant jelly, scissors, bandages, syringes and needles, vacutainer equipment for venipuncture, skin cleanser, paper towels, and a CPR mask


D.            Paper supplies (if applicable) – printed forms and materials necessary to teach patients and family/caregivers and document patient care


2.             Personnel must regularly check the expiration date of any disposable supplies kept in the nursing bag.  Expired supplies should be returned for disposal.


3.             The bag will be cleaned as soon as feasible when it is grossly contaminated or dirty.  Soap and water, alcohol, or another approved cleaning agent will be used.

Bag Technique


1.             The bag will be placed on a clean surface (i.e., a surface that can be easily disinfected) in the car and in the home.


2.             Prior to administering care, alcohol-based hand rub or soap and paper towels will be removed, and hands will be washed.  These supplies will be left at the sink for hand washing at the end of the visit.  Hand washing will always be completed before opening the bag.


3.             After hand washing, the supplies and/or equipment needed for the visit will be removed from the bag.


4.             The bag will contain a designated clean and dirty area.  The clean area contains unused or cleaned supplies/equipment, and the dirty area is designated for contaminated materials (i.e., used equipment, etc.).


5.             When the visit is completed, reusable equipment will be cleaned using alcohol, soap and water, or other appropriate solution, hands will be washed, and equipment and supplies will be returned to the bag.


6.             Hands will be decontaminated prior to returning clean equipment to bag.


7.             If paper towels/newspapers have been used as protective barrier for bag placement in the patient’s home, they will be discarded.