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Best Practices for Hand Disinfection

by | Oct 5, 2020 | Medical & Veterinary Equipment Blog

At Georgian Anesthesia and Medical Corp., we want to help you provide the best possible care for your patients, and that includes preventing the spread of infections throughout your facility. Clearly, disinfection of all kinds is an essential part of any medical practice, but this is especially true for hand disinfection. In this article, our team will go over a few best practices for hand disinfection as recommended by the World Health Organization.

When to Disinfect Hands

In WHO’s hand disinfection guidelines, experts recommend washing one’s hands frequently with soap and water, or with an alcohol-based hand rub. A list of times when you should perform hand disinfection includes:

  • After using the toilet
  • Before and after touching a patient
  • Before handling an invasive device, regardless of whether gloves are worn
  • After coming into contact with body fluids, mucous membranes, wounds, or wound dressings
  • When moving from a contaminated site on a patient’s body to a non-contaminated one
  • After contact with surfaces or objects, including medical equipment, in the patient’s immediate vicinity
  • After removing gloves (sterile and non-sterile)
  • Before handling medication or preparing food

How to Disinfect Hands                                        

WHO also provides a step-by-step breakdown of how to wash your hands, which our team will go over here in our own words:

  1. If using soap, wet hands. Apply soap or sanitizer.
  2. Rub hands palm to palm.
  3. Rub right palm over the back of left hand, with fingers interlaced; then do the same with left hand over right.
  4. With palms facing, interlace fingers and rub together to clean between them.
  5. Interlock hands so that the backs of the fingers face the opposite palm, then rub up and down to clean under fingernails.
  6. Take each thumb in the opposite hand and twist to clean around the thumb area.
  7. Clasp fingers and rub fingertips over the opposite palm to ensure that fingernails are thoroughly clean.
  8. Rinse hands with water if necessary and use a paper towel to turn off the faucet without touching it directly.

We hope that this information has been helpful, and we encourage you to give us a call with any questions.