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How to Steralize Your Hands Like They Do For Surgery
Keep From Spreading Germs and Sickness
When my son had to have dialysis, and I had to learn how to do some procedures on him to keep him healthy, I learned several things that I did not know, and it kept our family from getting sick.
Everybody has staph that lives on our skin. This is why so many people spread disease without being aware of it. There is nothing you can do about the staph that lives and grows on our skin. The doctor told me that if we took a shower with antibacterial soap and bleach, that if we swabbed our skin right afterward with a sterile q-tip and then swabbed it into a Petra dish, the next day we would have a very healthy dish growing staph infection. There is nothing that can be done about that, the world is full of staff germs, and they are on everything we have and touch.
This alarmed me greatly, for I had to keep his tubing sterile when I did dialysis on him or he would stand a very good chance of becoming ill, and even dieing.
This is the way he told me to wash my hands, and how to keep them sterile during our procedures. First, purchase a pump style antibacterial soap for the place in which I was going to use to wash. Here are the steps in order that must be followed.
- Always wear a short sleeved shirt.
- Turn on the water, cold water is fine, and wet both hands up to your elbows.
- Give yourself several pumps of the antibacterial soap on both hands. Be generous.
- Wash your hands, for thirty seconds first one way then the other, with your fingers interlaced, palm against palm. Do not wash the way your parents taught you, using one hand's palm to scrub the back of the other. Only use the one motion of palm against palm, and interlaced fingers, changing the in between fingers from one to the other for at least 30 seconds each way. Do not scrub the backs of your hands, only the palms and between fingers vigorously.
- Wash up to your elbows with the soap, and now the backs of the hands,
- Rinse, re soap, and repeat, only this time only washing the palm and between fingers surfaces. Scrub palms and fingers for one full minute.
- Rinse soap from your hands, but do not touch anything with your hands. Do not turn water off. If there is not another person there to turn off the faucet, let it run. Do not dry your hands, holding them up, allowing water to run down your arms to your elbows, holding your hands up in the air.
- Do not touch anything like doorknobs, light switches, clothing, hair. or anything.
Do procedure as instructed by doctor, and if you do accidentally touch anything, r if any of the medical tubing or needles or anything touches anything, you must begin all over again from the start. If injections are given, remember to use a gauze square and alcohol to clean area of injection site, for their skin still has staff infection on it and injection will push this tiny amount on skin into bloodstream.
Things that are important to remember---
- Take off any and all jewelry before beginning, for you cannot sterilize areas beneath rings, etc.
- Do not dry your hands with paper towels or anything, even if it is supposed to be sterile
- Do not forget, and rub your nose or push hair back.
- If you sneeze or cough, turn your head and do so into your clothing at the shoulder. If you think that you may have sneezed or coughed towards your procedure, begin again.
Anything that you contaminate during procedure, must be cleansed with benadine solution for a minimum of one minute. This includes tubing, syringe, needles, or anything you are using, You must then go and wash your hands again for one minute as directed above.
Even if you are not doing anything like dialisis, washing your hands in this manner just as the correct thing to do before preparing food, or caring for a sick child will take the danger of spreading germs from one sick person to another, or from sick person to your food for the family.
Spreading germs is the easiest way to get everyone in the house sick, and following these very simple guidelines in hand washing will keep from spreading things like the swine flu to your loved ones.
It is much better to learn and practise these procedures than it is to take the chance of becoming infected with the flu, or to contaminate everyone with a staff infection. Do not be afraid, be safe.