Hand washing is one very important aspect of CNA skills, as it helps in controlling and spreading any infection to the resident as well as the nurse aide.
Below is the procedure of handwashing for CNA skills test.
- Before applying soap you must get your hands and wrists wet and provide proper friction of at least twenty seconds.
- Clean your hands between fingers, nails, wrists and cuticles; separate them and rinse thoroughly.
- Turn off tap using a paper towel and discard that towel into a bin. Use another paper towel to dry your hands completely.
Hand Washing Tips
Let us go through some tips that will help ensure proper handwashing. Some experts claim that washing hands is the best way of staying away from diseases. This is because it keeps the bacteria away. Contagious diseases are more likely to cause infection in the ones who do not give importance to cleanliness. Say, for example, if someone suffering from flu sneezes without covering his/her mouth and few drops of saliva fall on your hand, it may allow rapid bacterial growth that may inherit you with infection.
Thus if such a case happens, you must immediately wash your hands. Avoiding handwashing may also affect you through infections, including flu, common cold, hepatitis A, and some skin infections. There is no harm in washing hands, as it helps you in staying fit.
When to wash hands is a question that may strike your mind. It would help if you wash hands before and after eating and after touching the mouth, eyes, or nose. CNAs have to deal with patients at a regular interval time. Proper treatment, maintaining cleanliness, and precise coordination amongst the employees are the three factors that are very crucial for recovery.
Thus they must wash their hands before and after treating the patients. They must also encourage patients to wash hands for controlling the spread of infection. Even hands must be cleaned after using the equipment. Handwashing, just for the sake of washing hands is not good. It would be best if you washed them properly. It would be best if you used soap, apply it to your hands for 20-30 seconds, and then wash them out.
Thus every CNA must wash their hands and maintain cleanliness. This will not only keep you healthy but also protect others from infections.