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Hand Washing

Hand Washing Advice

For Healthcare Assistants

  1. Keep fingernails short, do not wear artificial nails to work.
  2. Remove rings, watches and bracelets, place in your bag or pocket, it is preferable not to wear these items to work.
  3. If you have a ring that won’t come off move it up and down on your finger as you soap your hands, to ensure the skin under the ring is cleaned.
  4. Roll up your sleeves.
  5. Open the tap, wet your hands and apply soap.
  6. Wash hands and wrists according to HSE instructions. https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=2565481743493628
  7. Rinse hands so that they squeak, in other words there is no soap left on them.
  8. Dry hands with paper towel
  9. Turn off tap with your elbow or with a paper towel.

For homecare staff:

  1. It is preferable to carry your own bar of soap in a box and a wad of paper towels.
  2. Wash your hands on entering the persons house and before you leave.

Hospital and Nursing Home staff.

  1. Hand washing equipment will be provided in your place of work.
  2. Wash hands between patients
  3. Carry out clean tasks first where possible, washing hands between tasks for the same patient.
 

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