Foam Up for Hand Hygiene

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Hand hygiene is the most important intervention to protect patients
and healthcare workers.

Using soap and water for 15 seconds, or alcohol gel, can keep our patients safe
and healthy.

When should a caregiver perform hand hygiene?

  • Before and after patient contact
  • After body fluid exposure
  • After removing gloves
  • When moving from a clean to a dirty task

Wearing gloves does NOT replace hand hygiene.

When should my caregiver use soap and water instead of hand sanitizer?

  • When hands are visibly soiled
  • When hands are contaminated with blood or body fluids
  • After using the restroom and before eating  

When should you clean your hands?

  • Before preparing or eating food
  • Before touching your eyes, nose, or mouth
  • Before and after changing would dressings or bandages
  • After using the restroom
  • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
  • After touching hospital surfaces such as bed rails, bedside tables, door knobs, remote controls, or the phone

Hand hygiene is a priority for all UI Health providers, and we invite you to speak to your provider if you have any questions about hand hygiene protocol. Your safety is our number one concern.