An incredibly overlooked factor in today’s modern world is the importance of hand washing. All healthcare professionals have an innate duty to try to promote and maintain their patient’s health, as well as to strive to prevent contaminations or infections. It is shown that the number one control method for preventing infection is proper hand washing. The necessary ingredients are quite simple — soap and water.
Proper Hand Washing For NursesMake sure if you are wearing sleeves, that they are rolled up past your elbow. Remove all jewelry or adornments on hands and wet them thoroughly. Take enough soap to cover all sides of your hands, then rub palm to palm, before rubbing palm of hand to back of hand with fingers interlaced, on both sides. Proceed to rub palm to palm again, with fingers interlaced. Then palm to palm with fingers cupped and interlaced, to be followed by rotational rubbing of each thumb. To top off this epic procedure, use the tips of your fingers to rub the opposite palm in a circular motion, ending with a brisk rotational rub of your wrists and forearms. After all of this is complete, you may rinse. Quite the event, right?
Watch this video to make sure you actually know how to properly wash your hands.