Importance of hand washing

Importance of hand washing

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Hand washing is the most important thing you can do to protect yourself from germs and keep yourself healthy.

When preparing for your PD exchange or exit-site care, the steps for hand washing include:

Gathering supplies:

-Clean water

-Antibacterial soap

-Clean disposable towels

-Antiseptic hand wash

-Face mask

Before you start:

-Prepare clean work area

-Gather supplies

-Remove jewelry

-Put on face mask

-Remove catheter from under clothing

Wash:

-Use plenty of clean running water and antibacterial soap

-Using good friction, rub soap over your hands creating a good lather for at least 20-30 seconds

-Wash well between fingers and underneath nails

-Rinse hands under running water

Think clean:

-Use a clean disposable towel to turn off the tap

-Apply antiseptic hand wash and rub hands together until dry (20–30 seconds)

-Do not touch anything until you start your exchange

-If you do touch something, wash and dry your hands again

Dry:

-Dry hands well using a clean disposable towel

Your nurse will teach you how to wash and dry your hands properly.