Welcome to your Hand Washing In-Service As a healthcare worker, your hands are exposed to bacteria through: Performing simple patient care tasks. Helping to reposition a patient. Taking a patient's vital signs. Touching equipment in the patients room. All of the above. Healthcare workers do not comply with proper hand washing practices because of: Busy schedules. Sinks in poor locations. Skin irritation from soap and water. All of the above. The average time it takes to wash your hands using soap and water is: 3 minutes. 2 minutes. 60 seconds. Eternity. Healthcare workers are exposed to bacteria and germs on a daily basis. One of the resistant germs we are exposed to is: Cockroaches. MRSA. Mites. None of the above. The 2002 CDC hand washing guideline recommends healthcare workers to: Wash their hands only if gloves are not available. Clean hands routinely between patient contacts with alcohol-base hand cleaner as long as hands are not visibly dirty. Use soap and water as the only acceptable hand washing practice. Only wash your hands if they look dirty or soiled. The CDC hand washing guideline was meant to: Make hand washing faster and more convenient. Increase worker compliance with proper hand washing practices. Reduce the spread of germs. Protect the patient and the healthcare worker. All of the above. The CDC recommends washing your hands with soap and water: When your hands are visibly dirty or contaminated. When you take off your gloves after patient care. Before eating. After using the restroom. When hands feel like they have a build-up of hand cleaner. All of the above. To effectively wash your hands with soap and water, you should perform all the following, EXCEPT: Use only hot water. Wet hands and apply soap. Rub hands together for 15 seconds and cover all hand surfaces. Use paper towel to dry hands and turn of faucet. The CDC recommends washing your hands with an alcohol-base hand cleaner: When hands are not visibly dirty. When hands are not contaminated with blood or body fluids. Before having contact with a patient. After having contact with patients skin, after vital signs. After removing gloves. All of the above. To effectively wash your hands with an alcohol-base hand cleaner, the following should be followed: Apply a quarter size amount of cleaner in the palm of your hand. Cover all hand surfaces, including under finger nails. Rub hands together until the alcohol dries or at least 15 seconds. All of the above. Time is Up!