Hand hygiene1 Summary technique:
Hand washing (40–60 sec): wet hands and apply soap; rub all surfaces; rinse hands and dry thoroughly with a single use towel; use towel to turn off faucet.
Hand rubbing (20–30 sec): apply enough product to cover all areas of the hands; rub hands until dry. Summary indications:
Before and after any direct patient contact and between patients, whether or not gloves are worn.
Immediately after gloves are removed.
Before handling an invasive device.
After touching blood, body fluids, secretions, excretions, non-intact skin, and contaminated items, even if gloves are worn.
During patient care, when moving from a contaminated to a clean body site of the patient. After contact with inanimate objects in the immediate vicinity of the patient.
Wear when touching blood, body fluids, secretions, excretions, mucous membranes, nonintact skin.
Change between tasks and procedures on the same patient after contact with potentially infectious material.
Remove after use, before touching non-contaminated items and surfaces, and before going to another patient. Perform hand hygiene immediately after removal.