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When Should You Wash Your Hands?. by walex : November 13, 2017, 01:42:48 PM
A large percentage of the practice of Nursing is done with our hands. Our hands, therefore, are vital to the success of Nursing; but they can easily infect us with deadly diseases. Our clinical lecture today is on KEEPING YOUR HANDS CLEAN.

Keeping hands clean through improved hand hygiene is one of the most important steps we can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. Many diseases and conditions are spread by not washing hands with soap and clean, running water. If clean, running water is not accessible, as is common in many parts of this country, use soap and available water. If soap and water are unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol to clean hands.

When should you wash your hands?
Before, during, and after preparing food
Before eating food
Before and after caring for someone who is sick
Before and after treating a cut or wound
After using the toilet
After changing napkins or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet
After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
After touching an animal or animal waste
After handling pet food or pet treats
After touching garbage

What is the right way to wash your hands?
Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold) and apply soap.
Rub your hands together to make lather and scrub them well; be sure to scrub the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
Continue rubbing your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the "Happy Birthday" song from beginning to end twice.
Rinse your hands well under running water.
Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.


What if I don’t have soap and clean, running water?
Washing hands with soap and water is the best way to reduce the number of germs on them. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers can quickly reduce the number of germs on hands in some situations, but sanitizers do not eliminate all types of germs. Hand sanitizers are not effective when hands are visibly dirty.

How do you use hand sanitizers?
Apply the product to the palm of one hand.
Rub your hands together.
Rub the product over all surfaces of your hands and fingers until your hands are dry.


1.Hand washing is the single most important thing for preventing hospital acquired infections.
2.If we wash our hands as we should nosocomial infections will be history.
3.The ten most dangerous things in hospital as regards infection transmission is the TEN FINGERS.
4. Wash hands before and after each patient contact.
5. Wash hands after touching the patient's surroundings .
Surroundings includes I.V poles, bedside, tables or anything in contact with the patient.
6. Wash hands after removing gloves. Gloves are no substitute to Hand wash.
7. Wash hands with soap and water. Water alone is not very effective.
8. Wash hands long enough, as long as it takes to sing the song : happy birthday to you.......
9.Scrub your palm with your fingers. Scrub not rub.
10. Wash hands before every clean or sterile procedure and after.
11. Wash hands whenever there is suspected or real contact with body fluids.
Body fluids include:
Saliva.
Sputum.
Blood.
Blood products.
Fecal matter.
Nasogatric suction output.
Tracheostomy output
Ileostomy or colostomy output.
Sweat.
Urine.
Breast milk.
Wound drainage.
Emesis.
Etc.
12. Wash your hands thoroughly at the close of work . Your family will need you to do so. Please take no infections home.
13. Wash your hands after using the toilet or restroom as some call it.
14. Avoid putting your nails into your nose to fetch those burgers. .eeeew. BUT if you do please wash your hands.
15 . Wash your hands if you shake people's hands inadvertently in the hospital. Avoid shaking hands at work as much as possible.
16. Chose warm water over cold water if available.
17. Do not dry your hands with a towel that has been used by another person. If you do you have not done an effective hand wash.. you just picked the germs the previous user left on it.
18. Use disposable paper to dry your hands after each wash.
19. Once in a while apply soft hand lotion to prevent charped fingers and dry palms. Very important because our lady palm should remain soft to soothe our man at home. Hard hands and palms are not good for a lady. Right?
20. After reading this please wash your hands as a sign of committing to frequent hand washing.

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