Proper HAND WASHING technique is essential to maintain an
infection control program.
1. Hands must be washed after direct care of individual
patients, as an adjunct to the performance of normal
duties (after handling dressings or specimens, etc.),
after removal of gloves; either sterile or exam gloves,
after personal use of the restroom, after coughing or
sneezing, before eating, and at the beginning and upon
completion of duty.
2. This organization follows the current CDC guidelines
hand washing and uses an alcohol-based hand rub.
Alcohol based hand rubs are used by health care personnel
for patient care because they address some of the
obstacles that health care professionals face when taking
care of patients.
However, when health care personnel's hands are visibly
soiled, they should wash with soap and water.
When utilizing Alcohol based hand washes, follow the
directions on the bottle.
3. When utilizing traditional methods of hand washing please
complete the following:
Wet hands and wrists thoroughly, holding them downward
over the sink so that the water runs toward the
Start with a generous portion of soap from the
dispenser. For routine procedures, mild liquid hand soap
is adequate. Self- contained disposable liquid soap
containers are recommended. Continue washing vigorously
for 15 seconds.
4. Wrists and hands should be dried thoroughly with paper
5. Since the faucet handle is considered to be contaminated,
be careful to turn off the water by using a dry paper
towel to cover the faucet handle or by using a hands-free
system, such as foot pedals.
Antimicrobial soap is recommended for use after
examination of a patient with antibiotic-resistant
organisms and when performing invasive procedures.
Waterless alcohol-based antiseptic hand rubs for use
before invasive procedures are also available, but are a
different product and used differently than the alcohol
based product described above.
For all alcohol based pre procedure products, follow the
When utilizing a traditional scrub for invasive
procedures, rub hands together vigorously, creating as
much friction as possible and/or utilize the scrub brush
provided with the product.
Traditional antimicrobial scrub: Wet the hands and arms
thoroughly up to the elbows. Open product to be utilized,
clean under the finger nails with the stick provided.
Concentrate on the fingers, between the fingers, the back
and the palm of the hands. Continue up the arm to the
elbow. Same procedure on the other arm. Divide the
scrub time over the hands, wrists and upper arms by the
recommended length of time from the manufacturer.
Rinse hands thoroughly, keeping the hands higher than the
elbows so that water does not run down and contaminate
clean skin. All soap should be carefully rinsed to avoid
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