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HAND WASHING - ANSWERS

HANDWASHING - ANSWERS

1) What is the primary form of infection/germ control and prevention?

  • Handwashing

2) When is handwashing required?

  • Before & after patient care
  • Before & after handling Food or drink
  • Before handing contacts
  • Before & after gloving
  • After toileting
  • After coughing, sneezing or blowing nose
  • After contact with potentially soiled items (germs)
  • After picking up objects from the floor

3) What is the purpose of friction in handwashing?

  • Friction removes germs

4) How long should handwashing last and why?

  • A minimum of 10-15 seconds (20 seconds preferred)
  • The longer you wash, the more germs are removed

5) Why should liquid soap be used?

  • Bar soap holds germs on the surface

6) What steps should be taken before handwashing?

  • Jewelry removed & sleeves rolled up
  • Paper towels & liquid soap in place
  • Trash receptacle nearby
  • Water set to warm temperature

7) What steps should be taken to during handwashing

  • Wet hands & apply liquid soap
  • Friction for 15 seconds (20 seconds preferred)
  • Friction between fingers (interlaced) and nails to palm
  • Keep fingers pointed down at all times
  • Use liquid soap warm water
  • Rinse from wrist to fingertips

8) What steps should be taken after handwashing?

  • Keep fingers pointed down at all times (do not shake water off)
  • Use paper towel to turn off water (discard)
  • Use another paper towel to thoroughly dry hands (discard)