The motivation for washing hands is quite clear. Even those who are not very strict in this area fully understand the vital importance of the practice. Saving yourself and those around you from infection which can lead to disastrous outcomes is at the core of all hand washing initiatives. Healthcare providers must be especially diligent about clean hands. Most caregivers carry sanitizers to use when soap and water is not available when hand washing is required for patients in Brooklyn Heights.
While many do not lack motivation to wash hands, they do lack the knowledge of how to properly do it. Toward that end, the CDC as well as other organizations has clearly laid out the how to of washing hands.
When Using Soap & Water
- Wet your hands
- Lather with soap
- Scrub for at least 20 seconds (hum happy birthday song twice)
- Rinse hands under clean, running water
- Dry hands
When Using Alcohol-Based Sanitizer
- Sanitizer should be at least 60% alcohol
- Put on enough sanitizer to coat your hands
- Rub your hands together until it is absorbed (about 20 seconds)
- Do not rinse it off before it dries
When Do We Wash Hands
- After bathroom use
- Before, during and after food preparation
- Before eating
- After caring for someone who is sick
- After blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing
- After touching or caring for an animal
- After touching garbage
- If our hands are visibly dirty
Using Soap and Water vs. An Alcohol-Based Sanitizer
Soap & Water is required when
- Hands are visible soiled
- Caring for a patient with diarrhea
- After exposure to spores
Sanitizer is acceptable when
- Immediately before touching a patient
- Before carrying out an aseptic task
- Before moving from a soiled body part to clean body site on the same patient
- After touching a patient or their environment
- Immediately after glove removal
More Tips for Washing Hands
The 4 Principles of Hand Awareness were endorsed by the American Medical Association and American Academy of Family Physicians in 2001.
- Wash your hands when they are dirty and before eating
- Do not cough into hands
- Do not sneeze into hands
- Above all, do not put your fingers in your eyes, nose or mouth
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