Special Considerations of Hand Hygiene (Nursing)

by Samantha Rhea, MSN, RN

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    00:04 Now let's take a few more minutes to talk about some things about hand hygiene that we need to remember.

    00:10 You want to make sure that you wash your hands with soap and water if we remember if they're visibly soiled.

    00:16 Now, I know we use gloves a lot, but this does not eliminate the need to wash our hands.

    00:22 So we're going to use gloves a lot for procedures, but that still means we've got to wash our hands after.

    00:28 The gloves are not the end all.

    00:30 Also, it's a great idea to talk to your patients about hand hygiene.

    00:35 So tell your patients about hand hygiene.

    00:37 The families also they can help keep us accountable as health care providers to make sure we remember to do hand hygiene as well.

    00:46 Now want to leave you with a few more notes.

    00:49 One thing we want to make sure is that we keep our hands healthy because we're going to do a lot of hand hygiene.

    00:56 So when we're scrubbing our hands, try not to do with something like metal or hard or abrasive.

    01:02 We need to keep our skin integrity intact.

    01:05 We don't want the openings to open us up for infection.

    01:09 Also artificial nails.

    01:11 Okay, so I know this is a big topic, but if you've noticed a lot of agencies have a policy that nurses cannot wear artificial nails.

    01:19 You may think, "Okay, well why is that?" Well, that can harbor a lot of bacteria.

    01:24 We don't want to pass this on to our patients.

    01:26 So again, check your agency's policy.

    01:29 Lastly, one more tip before we go.

    01:31 Again, we talked about all the hand hygiene you're going to do.

    01:35 It's really common actually that we get breaks in our skin.

    01:39 It gets really dry, our hands get really flaky.

    01:42 Again that opens us up for skin infection, so make sure maybe use like a non fragrance lotion, something gentle to make sure we moisturize hands.

    01:53 Keep those in good conditions so you can keep continuing with patient care.

    01:57 Thanks for watching.

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    The lecture Special Considerations of Hand Hygiene (Nursing) by Samantha Rhea, MSN, RN is from the course Hand Hygiene (Nursing).

    Included Quiz Questions

    1. "Avoid artificial nails, as they can harbor bacteria."
    2. "Use lotion regularly to avoid cracked and chapped hands."
    3. "Scrub your hands with a coarse brush to ensure they are clean."
    4. "Wear gloves whenever possible to avoid having to wash your hands."

    Author of lecture Special Considerations of Hand Hygiene (Nursing)

     Samantha Rhea, MSN, RN

    Samantha Rhea, MSN, RN

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