Washing hands

  1. Had our state survey and was told that after u wash and dry your hands that you need a fresh towel to turn off faucet!! Was never taught that in nursing school and looked up several sites on the issue and nothing is mentioned. Just asking your advice, being that your hands are already cleaned after washing.
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  3. by   boggle
    Your hands are clean, but the faucet handles are dirty. So grab a dry paper towel to turn off the faucets. A wet towel or bare hands just allows the contaminants on the faucet to deposit themselves right back on your hands.
  4. by   kellycinalli
    That makes sense. We were inservice real quick but no explanation. Thanks for replying. Wanted to give my friend an explanation.
  5. by   Kdrenee
    We were taught that in my CNA class. In fact, many of my classmates failed their skills test because they did not include that step. Faucets are germy!!!!
  6. by   RNsRWe
    Was actually taught to use a dry towel to turn off handle, drop the towel for a NEW towel to dry hands. Otherwise, you're taking the towel that is now freshly covered in germs and wiping them all over your wet hands. Eww.

    Sometimes I use my elbow to turn off the faucet, if it's convenient that way...some sinks it works.
  7. by   Morainey
    If you don't mind wasting water, let the water run while you dry your hands, then use used paper towel to shut off faucet without touching, then throw it away. That's how I was taught in CNA school, but it seems so wasteful to me.
  8. by   kellycinalli
    No the state survey wants you to dry your hands then get a new towel to turn off faucet. I did it the way your saying last year and was told I washed my hands well. But it does make sense to use another towel being the faucet is dirty.
  9. by   Born_2BRN
    Never taught in school but I do it anyway. Just a common sense thing to do. Your hands clean faucet is not!
  10. by   SarahJade4
    I just finished a PCT program and we were taught that way too! Had to be a clean, dry portion of the first paper towel used to dry your hands or a second clean, dry paper towel. You can get free CNA handbooks online that have the most up to date skills policies. Most of them apply directly to LTC, but they are helpful in any setting to keep up with basics like feeding, handwashing, bathing, ambulation, turning, ROM, etc. . .
  11. by   blackvans1234
    Strike through!
    Darn that strike through!
  12. by   kellycinalli
    No deficiency. We were deficiency free!
  13. by   tara07733
    This is how we learned in CNA class too.

    Sorry I hit post too soon, but we left the faucet running while washing our hands and turned it off with the paper towel that we dried our hands with.
  14. by   mappers
    You should also use a towel to open the bathroom door and then throw it away outside the bathroom. There should be waste baskets outside the bathroom doors.