Hand Hygiene // How to Help Prevent Infection While You Are in the Hospital

Hand Hygiene // How to Help Prevent Infection While You Are in the Hospital


In this video you will learn how to help prevent
infection while you are in the hospital. This includes how hand hygiene helps keep
you safe, when to clean your hands and how to clean your hands while in the hospital. Hand hygiene is simple and vital to prevent
infection. Hand hygiene is the process of removing germs
from your hands. Germs include bacteria and viruses. Hand hygiene also includes having good skin
care by using lotions. Hand hygiene is important because it: • helps prevent infection
• helps stop the spread of infection from person to person
• helps protect you and your family during your hospital stay
Clean your hands often to lower your risk of infection. For example, clean your hands before you take
your pills, before you eat or prepare food, after you go to the washroom and before and
after leaving your inpatient or clinic room. Cleaning your hands prevents infections for
you and your family. There are two ways to clean your hands in
the hospital. The first is by using an alcohol-based hand
sanitizer. The second is by washing your hands with soap
and water. Alcohol-based hand sanitizer kills the bacteria
and viruses on your hands. It is very easy to use and works well to clean
your hands. Washing your hands with soap and water removes
bacteria and viruses from your hands. Use soap and water if your hands look dirty. Follow these steps to clean your hands using
alcohol-based hand sanitizer: Step 1: Apply 1 to 2 pumps of alcohol-based
hand sanitizer to the palm of your dry hands. Step 2: Rub your hands together covering all
areas of your hands including between your fingers and around your nails. Step 3: Rub your hands until they are dry. Follow these steps to wash your hands with
soap and water: Step 1: Turn on the tap and wet your hands
with warm water. Step 2: Apply soap and rub your hands palm
to palm. Step 3: Rub your hands together covering all
areas of your hands. Including between your fingers and around
your nails. Step 4: Rub your hands for at least 15 seconds. Step 5: Rinse your hands under running water. Step 6: Pat your hands dry with paper towel. Turn off the tap with your used paper towel. Throw out the paper towel into a garbage bin. You have come to the end of the video on hand
hygiene in the hospital. In this video, you learned what hand hygiene
is, why hand hygiene is important, when you should clean your hands and how to clean your
hands while in hospital.

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