Standardizing aseptic technique reduces variability in practice and better protects patients from preventable healthcare associated infection.

In the literature and in practice aseptic technique is historically confused. A conflicting and interchangeable paradigm, of sterile, aseptic, clean and non touch technique is ambiguous and has confused practice to the detriment of patients.

Healthcare acquired infections (HAI) result in significant mortality and morbidity internationally. It is estimated that 30% of HCAI’s are preventable. Due to the invasive nature of clinical procedures involving aseptic technique, 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 by improving standards of aseptic technique with ANTT® .

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.

Surprisingly, 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®:

  1. Provides a common international language for this critical competency

  2. Provides an effective way of educating and training staff in safe aseptic technique

  3. Standardizes aseptic technique across organizations and reduces variability in practice

  4. Supports health care organizations to manage the significant risks of aseptic technique

  5. Reassures patients by providing more consistent standardized aseptic technique

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Why use ANTT®?

Given the high potential for patient harm from poorly applied aseptic technique, assurance that all staff are compliant with safe aseptic technique for all clinical procedures should be of concern and priority to all health care organisations. The Association for Safe Aseptic Technique (ASAP) observe and support aseptic technique practice internationally. We concluded that for a healthcare organisation to consistently ensure safe aseptic technique they must meet four pre-requisite requirements termed, ‘The 4 C’s’(Rowley 2019).