University of California San Francisco Health: Hand Hygiene using Soap and Water

October 20, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


Wash your hands
with soap and water. Wet your hands. Apply one measure of
soap to your hands. The dispensers provide
the correct amount of soap for one hand washing encounter. Rub your hands together
using friction. Clean between your
fingers, around and under your fingernails, the
backs of your hands, wrists, and palms for 15 to 20 seconds. 15 to 20 seconds is one verse
“Happy Birthday” sung slowly. Rinse your hands well
under running water. Pat your hands dry
with a paper towel. Patting your hands dry is
less abrasive than rubbing. Use a paper towel to
turn off a manual faucet and open the door to exit. Always use the
hand care products provided by the
hospital, as they are formulated to work together.