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Hand, Skin and Nail Care for Healthcare Providers

  • Avoid using hot water to rinse your hands.  
  • After hand washing or hand rubbing, let your hands dry completely before putting on gloves.  
  • Take care of your hands!  
    • Protective hand lotions and creams should be used at least daily to reduce irritant contact dermatitis  
    • Studies have shown that using hand cream improves the health of hands and has no negative impact on hand hygiene.1 
  • Staff prone to allergies or adverse reactions should use alternative products  
  • Do not wear artificial fingernails or extenders in the healthcare setting, particularly when in direct contact with patients  
  • Keep natural nails short (0.5 cm)

For more information, go to:  

Updated (2009) WHO guidelines full version

Updated (2009) WHO guidelines summary version

 1 WHO guidelines on hand hygiene in health care (Updated 2009 Version).