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Proper Hand Washing Techniques


This video does not address using the orange stick for nail cleaning,


PLEASE REVIEW the correct steps for proper handwasing according to Medicaid Nurse Aide traingiing guidelines:


1. Remove watch and bracelets or push up 4 to 5 inches above hand. Remove all rings except a smooth wedding band.

2. Stand away from sink so clothes do not touch the sink.

3. Turn on the faucet and adjust the water to a warm, comfortable temperature.

4. Wet hands thoroughly, including three to four inches above wrists.

5. Hold hands with wrists lower than elbows during hand washing procedure.

6. Apply a generous amount of soap to hands.

7. If bar soap is used, rinse it well before lathering and before returning it to the dish.

8. Rub palms together to work up a good lather for at least 15 seconds.

9. Steps 10 – 13 should last at least 20 seconds. Wash using friction and rotating motion.

10. Wash the palms and back of hands.

11. Wash fingers and between fingers.

12. Wash wrists and lower arms.

13. Clean well under fingernails by rubbing fingers against palms. Use nail file or orange stick to clean under fingernails.

14. Rinse well from arms to hands.

15. With a clean dry paper towel or towels, pat dry starting at fingertips working to wrist. Discard towel or towels.

16. Repeat step on wet hand with clean dry towel or towels. Discard towel or towels.

*17. Turn off faucet with clean, dry paper towel and discard in wastebasket.

* Denotes Critical Step


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