What is the Antt technique?

ANTT is the practice of avoiding contamination by avoiding unnecessary contact with key sites of the patient’s body and key parts of equipment. Only staff trained and assessed as competent in ANTT should undertake aseptic procedures.

What does Antt stand for?

technique – a guide for. healthcare workers. Aseptic Non Touch Technique or ANTT® is a tool used to prevent infections in healthcare settings. This guidance document should be used as a framework for organisations to develop their own protocols on ANTT® for common procedures.

What are the 4 main principles of Antt?

ANTT is supported by evidence and highlights the key components involved in maintaining asepsis and aims to standardise practice.

  • The underlying principles of ANTT are:
  • Always wash hands effectively;
  • Never contaminate key parts;
  • Touch non-key parts with confidence;
  • Take appropriate infective precautions.

Why is Antt used?

The aim of using ANTT is to prevent the introduction of micro – organisms into susceptible body sites (Rowley 2001). The aim is asepsis i.e. the absence of pathogenic organisms or toxins from the blood or tissues (Wilson 1995). ANTT has been endorsed by the Department of Health EPIC 3 guidelines (Pratt et al 2014).

Why is Antt so important?

Background: Aseptic technique is an important infection prevention competency for protecting patients from healthcare-associated infection (HAI). Healthcare providers using the Aseptic Non Touch Technique (ANTT®) aseptic technique have demonstrated reduced variability and improved compliance with aseptic technique.

What are key sites in Antt?

A key-part is any sterile part of equipment used during an aseptic procedure, such as needle hubs, syringe tips, needles, and dressings. A key-site is the area of the skin penetration that provides a direct route for the transmission of pathogens into the patient and present a significant infection risk.

When is aseptic technique used?

Healthcare professionals use aseptic technique when they are:

  1. performing surgical procedures.
  2. performing biopsies.
  3. dressing surgical wounds or burns.
  4. suturing wounds.
  5. inserting a urinary catheter, wound drain, intravenous line, or chest tube.
  6. administering injections.
  7. using instruments to conduct a vaginal examination.

What are the 3 types of aseptic field?

There are three types of aseptic technique:

  • Sterile – a technique that aims to achieve total absence of microorganisms.
  • Standard – a technique that utilises a general aseptic field, critical micro aseptic fields, hand hygiene, non touch technique and non sterile gloves to achieve a safe level of asepsis for:

Is aseptic technique sterile or clean?

Aseptic techniques range from simple practices, such as using alcohol to sterilize the skin, to full surgical asepsis, which involves the use of sterile gowns, gloves, and masks. Healthcare professionals use aseptic technique practices in hospitals, surgery rooms, outpatient care clinics, and other healthcare settings.

Does the ANTT provide enough information about aseptic technique?

The ANTT does not provide practitioners with a technique based on a randomised controlled study – the gold standard of research methodology. Until more of the main components of aseptic technique are proven, inconsistencies will remain.

What is aseptic technique?

Aseptic technique involves a set of infection prevention actions aimed at protecting patients from infections associated with pathogenic microorganism transmission.

What is The ANTT approach?

The ANTT framework is based upon the goal of asepsis rather than sterility and the approach is gauged on the technical difficulty of each procedure rather than the diagnosis or age of the patient. Absence of pathogenic micro-organisms or toxins from the blood or tissues (Wilson, 1995).

What is the difference between surgical-ANTT and standard ANTT?

ANTT needs to be efficient as well as safe, therefore Surgical-ANTT is used for complicated procedures and Standard-ANTT is used for uncomplicated procedures. Choice of Surgical or Standard ANTT is based on risk assessment, according to the technical difficulty of ensuring Key-part and key-site asepsis.