e. Schedule for Handwashing. Handwashing is essential:
Before and after caring for a patient.
After contact with organic material, such as feces, wound drainage, and
(3) In preparation for an invasive procedure such as suctioning,
catheterization, or injections.
Before performing a dressing change or contact with an open wound.
After removing disposable gloves or handling contaminated equipment.
5-3. STEPS FOR PERFORMING THE TWO-MINUTE HANDWASHING
a. Step One.
(1) Inspect hands, observing for visible dirt, breaks, or cuts in the skin and
cuticles (figure 5-1).
Figure 5-1. Inspecting hand.
Assess areas around the sink that are contaminated or clean.
Explain to the patient the importance of handwashing.