RLO: Aseptic Non-Touch Technique

ANTT Basics

Aseptic Non-Touch Technique (ANTT) aims to prevent micro-organisms on hands, surfaces or equipment from being introduced to a susceptible site such as a surgical wound, catheter or central venous line.

The ANTT has a long history in health care practice, and is most commonly associated with wound care. However, the nature and scope of ANTT is dependant on the procedure that is to be performed. For example, when accessing peripheral cannulae, the principles of ANTT should be followed, but dressing packs and sterile gloves may not be necessary. However, the overriding and basic principle is that the susceptible site should not come into contact with any item that is not sterile.

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