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