HAND HYGIENE AND MEDICAL GLOVE USE • The use of gloves does not replace the need for cleaning your hands. 6. The hands of the surgical team should be clean upon entering the operating theatre by washing with a non-medicated soap. 2. Debris from underneath fingernails should also be removed. Surgical Hand Antisepsis. You should be washing your hands effectively and regularly; When hand washing is unavailable you can use hand sanitiser Hand washing is important to prevent the spread of germs and viruses. If hands are visibly soiled, wash hands with plain soap before performing surgical hand preparation. After surgery, hand washing is the best defense against an infected incision, which can often be prevented by washing your hands before and after wound care. 5. Wash hands with soap to remove gems and dirt. Hand washing tips. 1. Step 1 - Wet your hands and apply enough soap (coin size) Step 2 - Rub your palms together. Take care to wash your hands for at least 20 seconds often and well. Apply enough soap to cover your hands. Understand when to do hand washing with soap and water and when to do hand hygiene using alcohol-based hand rub. Once your hands are wet, apply soap to cover all of your hands… •Be familiar with the 6 steps of Hand Hygiene. The resulting infection from micro-organisms introduced into a wound during surgery could prove fatal to the patient. Per-operative glove punctures are observed in almost 30% of all interventions, and a risk factor for postoperative infections. a. HAND HYGIENE/SURGICAL HAND SCRUB #183 8. Non-medicated soaps are sufficient, and the procedure is necessary only upon entering the operating theatre. Add Tip Ask Question Comment Download. Step 4 - Rub both your hands while interlocking your fingers. Keeping clean and sterile is the fundamental principle for breaking the chain of infection. Guideline for Hand Hygiene in Health-Care Settings