Hand Washing Advice
For Healthcare Assistants
- Keep fingernails short, do not wear artificial nails to work.
- Remove rings, watches and bracelets, place in your bag or pocket, it is preferable not to wear these items to work.
- 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.
- Roll up your sleeves.
- Open the tap, wet your hands and apply soap.
- Wash hands and wrists according to HSE instructions. https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=2565481743493628
- Rinse hands so that they squeak, in other words there is no soap left on them.
- Dry hands with paper towel
- Turn off tap with your elbow or with a paper towel.
For homecare staff:
- It is preferable to carry your own bar of soap in a box and a wad of paper towels.
- Wash your hands on entering the persons house and before you leave.
Hospital and Nursing Home staff.
- Hand washing equipment will be provided in your place of work.
- Wash hands between patients
- Carry out clean tasks first where possible, washing hands between tasks for the same patient.