How Do CNAs Wash Their Hands Properly?

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The way that a CNA washes her hands is the same way that a nurse or doctor should wash her hands, which is vigorously with the use of warm water. Find out why it's important to avoid touching contaminants after washing the hands with help from a licensed RN in this free video on nursing jobs and health care.

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Hi, my name is Kayti Brosnan. I'm a registered nurse here in Austin, Texas, and I'm going to tell you, how a CNA watches their hands. The way a CNA washes their hands, is the same way that a nurse, or a doctor, or you and I at home, should be washing our hands. A couple of things to remember, is that you want to use warm water, you want to wash vigorously, and you don't want to touch anything that's contaminated, after you wash your hands, so when you first approach the sink, you're going to be looking for the soap, which is either going to be antimicrobial, or antibacterial, and you're going to first dispense the paper towel, so in most hospitals, they have the sensor, that will automatically dispense the paper towels, so that's the first thing you want to do. Then, you want to turn on warm running water. You're going to get soap in your hands, and you're going to vigorously wash your hands. You want to be getting in between your fingers, right down around your thumbs, underneath your nails, and your wrists, and you want to do this for about twenty seconds. Some good helpful reminders of how long twenty seconds would be, is singing, Row, Row, Row Your Boat, saying your ABC's, or singing happy birthday. Then, once the fifteen or twenty seconds is up, you're not going to turn off the water. You're going to dry your hands off. After they've been rinsed, you're going to dry your hands off with the paper towel, and then you're going to use the paper towel, to turn the faucet off, and this is helping to prevent any contact with bacteria, that could have been on that faucet, and it's always good to remember, that if you're in a closed setting, if you're in the bathroom, then you want to also use that paper towel, to open the handle of the door to leave, and that's how a CNA washes their hands.

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