From 5 to 8th May 2020 is World Health Organization (WHO) “World Hand Hygiene Week”. This is an annual event that encourage all FV staff and doctors to remind and raise awareness to people about the benefits of hand washing.
“Nurses and Midwives – Clean care is in your hands” is the main message of “World Hand Hygiene Week” that WHO offers this year. The hands of medical staff – who contact directly to patients – are easily infected and can spread the disease. As a result, their hands need to be clean completely. WHO encourage people follow the 6 steps hand washing process at 5 times to keep the hand cleaning.
6 steps hand washing consist of:
- Step 1: Wet your hands by rubbing with soap or disinfectant solutions (containing alcohol) in the palm of your hands.
- Step 2: Rub palm to palm with fingers interlaced.
- Step 3: Rub back of right hand over left palm and vice versa.
- Step 4: Rub backs of fingers on opposing palms with finger interlocked.
- Step 5: Rub around right thumb with left palm and vice versa.
- Step 6: Rub palm of left hand with fingers of right hand and vice versa. Rinse hands with water then dry thoroughly with a single use towel.
Moreover, each step should to be repeated 5 times in at least 1 minute.
5 times when people must clean their hands:
- Before contacting with patients
- Before aseptic procedures
- After contacting with patient’s blood or body’s fluids
- After contacting with patients
- After touching the surface or objects of patients
During the outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic, washing hands is the simple action and effective to prevent spread. As a JCI international standards hospital the infection control process at FV Hospital is always guaranteed even when there is no disease. Washing hands has become the normal habit of all FV staff, the action that they never stop.