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Demonstrate the recommended method for hand washing settings

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As a health and social care worker, it is important that you are able to demonstrate the correct hand washing technique.

Washing your hands regularly is one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of infection in the workplace because it breaks the chain of infection.

You should was your hands:

  • before and after close contact with an individual e.g. performing personal care
  • between visiting clients
  • before preparing food
  • after handling raw food such as meet
  • after handling soiled linen or clinical waste
  • after touching animals or pets

Proper hand washing technique should last for about 20 seconds and the following steps used:

  1. Wet hands with water
  2. Apply enough soap to cover all hand surfaces
  3. Rub hands palm to palm
  4. Rub back of each hand with palm of other hand with fingers interlaced
  5. Rub palm to palm with fingers interlaced
  6. Rub with back of fingers to opposing palms with fingers interlocked
  7. Rub each thumb clasped in opposite hand using a rotational movement
  8. Rub tips of fingers in opposite palm in a circular motion
  9. Rub each wrist with opposite hand
  10. Rinse hands with water
  11. Use elbow to turn off tap
  12. Dry thoroughly with a single use towel

Hand washing technique with soap and water.