Time to Review Your Hand Hygiene Techniques

Regardless of where you work, it’s a good idea to know how to keep your hands clean. In a recent newsletter regarding Independent Health Facilities and Out-of-Hospital Premises, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario noted:

The ministry notice was prompted by recent cases of serious infection control lapses in facilities using invasive ultrasound probes. In particular, public health inspections identified improper reprocessing concerns including, inadequate hand hygiene practices, inadequate space for reprocessing medical equipment, and improper cleaning of probes prior to high-level disinfection. It was also observed that some staff were not properly trained and educated in reprocessing practices.

Good hand hygiene practice is essential for healthcare providers. It is always good to review your hand washing practices, no matter your experience level. We have compiled this refresher/primer to ensure best practices for hand hygiene:

Tips include:

Practice Safe Hand Washing

  1. Use liquid or foaming hand soap and not bar soap as bar soap can become contaminated.
  2. Use the paper towel you use to dry your hands to turn off the water tap at the sink to avoid re-contaminated your hands after you’ve washed them.
  3. Whether you’re using a hand sanitizer or washing your hands, it should take 15 seconds, or about as long as it takes to sing one verse of a favourite song.


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