No matter what field of medicine you work in, one thing that remains the same is the need for effective hand disinfection. After all, you don’t want to inadvertently spread germs to vulnerable patients, nor to catch an illness yourself, so it’s important to wash your hands regularly and thoroughly. Our team at Georgian Anesthesia and Medical Corp. wants to help you provide the best possible care at your facility, and to help you do that, we have put together this article on common mistakes people make when it comes to hand disinfection. If you or someone on your team have been making any of these errors, we encourage you to correct the mistake and commit to better practices.
- Only Using Hand Sanitizer- One common mistake people make in regard to hand disinfection is only using hand sanitizer, rather than washing with soap and water. While hand sanitizer is a great option for when you don’t have access to soap and water, when possible you should scrub your hands the old-fashioned way for at least 20 seconds. Although it may seem outdated, nothing cleans or eliminates germs more effectively than soap and water.
- Not Scrubbing Thoroughly- Another mistake that many people make when it comes to hand disinfection is not thoroughly scrubbing every part of their hands. This happens with both hand sanitizer and with soap and water–some people fail to cover every surface, including the difficult to reach ones such as the skin between the fingers, or the easily overlooked areas like the skin around the thumb. Make sure to coat each part of your hands with your cleaner of choice to kill all the germs.
- Re-Contaminating Themselves- Lastly, another place that many people go wrong with hand disinfection is immediately re-contaminating themselves. For example, many people touch the hand sanitizer pump with their freshly cleaned hands, which exposes them to the pathogens left behind by all the other people who have touched the pump before. Similarly, you shouldn’t touch a dirty bathroom door handle with your freshly washed hands, as that rather defeats the purpose.