Assisting living facilities throughout Tampa benefit from a 6 paper towel method of hand washing. This easy-to-follow procedure is essential for residents in assisted living facilities to remain safe and infection-free. The 6 paper towel method of hand washing effectively prevents the spread of infections from the resident to the CNA/ caregiver and from one resident to the next.
6 Paper Towel Method of Hand Washing in Assisted Living Facilities Throughout Tampa Bay:
Within assisted living facilities, 6 paper towel method of hand washing procedure must be performed twice; before starting care for a resident and after finalizing care for a resident. During hand washing, do not touch any part of the sink – including the faucet handle – with your hands or scrubs. CNA and Caregivers should use the first paper towel to turn on the water if using a manual faucet handle. Equipment and supplies needed includes:
- 6 Paper Towels
- Trash Can
6 Paper Towel Hand Washing Method.
- For manual faucets, please use paper towel #1 to turn on the water. This will avoid contact with a soiled or infected faucet handle. The water will then be turned off in step #6. Wet your hands.
- Apply soap to your hands. CNA and Caregivers at our assisted living facilities may wash their hands 20-30 times on a single shift. In order to avoid skin cell dryness, our ALF proudly uses organic Castile Soap.
- Lather and scrub your hands for 30 seconds. Make sure to wash your palms, back of hands, between fingers, cuticles, under fingernails and wrists.
- Rinse thoroughly for 5-10 seconds and keep fingers pointed downwards.
- Dry your hands:
- Use paper towel #2 to softly blot dry the back of your left hand. Discard paper towel.
- Use paper towel #3 to softly blot dry the front of your left hand. Discard paper towel.
- Use paper towel #4 to softly blot dry the back of your right hand. Discard paper towel.
- Use paper towel #5 to softly blot dry the front of your right hand. Discard paper towel.
- Use paper towel #6 to turn off your faucet.
We care about our environment. In order to conserve paper and water, we invest in automatic faucets and soap dispensers which do not require the use of paper towel #1 and #6. These automatic faucets also save water in steps #2 and #3.
How Hand Washing Improves Quality Of Care In Assisted Living Facilities.
The 6 paper towel method of hand washing is the most effective way to protect the caregiver and each resident. It is essential that all CNA and caregivers perform this method of hand washing when (a) entering a resident’s room and (b) exiting a resident’s room; avoiding the spread of bacteria and infectious diseases from one resident to the next. As usual, gloves should be worn in assisted living facilities during applicable care and assistance. Our CNA and caregivers are trained to safely handle: blood, urine, synovial fluid, and all other bodily fluids.
Whether you are a caregiver at our assisted living facility or someone at home, please use the 6 paper towel method of hand washing to protect yourself and your loved one.