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CNA Skill Hand Washing

CNA's spend more time with patients providing hands on care then any other member of the health care team.  This makes hand washing the most important step that certified nursing assistants can take to avoid spreading germs and getting ill.

Some of the most common contaminants in healthcare environments include Clostridium difficile, Enterococci and Staphylococcus aureus. These common contaminants are often spread by inadequate hand washing after caring for patients, handing bed linen, touching bed rails and other objects in the patients environment.

CNA Skill Hand Washing Guidelines
Proper hand washing with soap removes germs from hands.

  • Hands should be thoroughly wet all the way up to the wrists
  • Hands should be lathered for at least thirty seconds
  • Hands should be lower then your elbows and positioned downwards
  • Soap should be worked and lathered around your nails
  • Paper Towel should be used to turn on and off the faucet to avoid contamination

When Should CNA's Wash Their Hands:

  • If Hands are visibly soiled
  • Before and After Any direct Contact with Residents/Clients
  • Before Preparing, handling, serving or eating food
  • Before Feeding a Resident/Client
  • After removing gloves
  • After any personal functions such as blowing your nose and using the restroom