Staff compliance with Bare Below the Elbow (BBE) has reduced across the trust. This is a risk for patients and staff

What is BBE?

Bare below the elbows is a term used to how staff should present themselves when in a clinical environment. This reduces the risk of infection and increases effective handwashing.

To be compliant with bare below the elbow in line with the Uniform and work ware attire policy staff should:

  • Wear short sleeves
  • Remove hand and wrist jewellery
  • Ensure fingernails are short and natural- no false nails 
  • Ensure nails are free from nail varnish
  • Cover cuts and abrasions with waterproof dressings.

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