Our life is in your hands
Knowledge is power and vital to putting your energy into what matters. The Corona Virus (Covid 19) will change how we think about clean hands. If you are like us, we wanted to find out how Surgeons learn to wash their hands before surgery. Keep in mind that the following hand washing procedures are extreme and not necessarily needed for everyday scenarios, at the time of this blog post.
How do Surgeons wash their hands
This video provides instructions on anatomical surgical hands for a procedure using the brush stroke method.
If done correctly this the process should take three to five minutes.
Before beginning the surgical hand scrub procedure you must remove all jewelry from both hands and arms inspect your skin and nails ensure your skin is free of any cuts and wounds. Finger nails must not extend past your fingertips, and nail polish must be intact and without chips or scratches. Remember acrylics artificial nails and nails with foreign bodies are not allowed in the operating room.
Put on your personal protective equipment make sure your hair and ears are tucked into your surgical head covering and that any neck jewelry is contained in your surgical attire and scrubs. dawn proper eye protection and the surgical mask covering your nose mouth and if applicable facial hair.
To begin the scrub tear open a sponge of your preferred hospital approved antiseptic either chlorhexidine or betadine also known as the povidone-iodine place the open packet on the shelf above the sink, with a pacage tear facing the ceiling. You must pre-wash your hands and arms only if this is the first case of the day.
If your hands are visibly soiled use the soap from the dispensers located within the scrub sink or in a separate container above the sink.
Then use the disposable nail pick and clean under your fingernails under running water dispose of the nail pick in the trash can decide at the scrub sink and rinse hands and forearms once hands and arms have been washed remove the sterile surgical sponge from its wrapper and moistened sponge under running water by squeezing and releasing it with fingertips together use a light but firm pressure to stroke the nails in a back-and-forth motion with the abrasive brush side of the sponge approximately 30 times the abrasive the brush side is only used on your fingertips.
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Ten Strokes, turn, Ten Strokes
The nonabrasive side should be used for the remainder of the scrub. Next, turn the surgical sponge over to the nonabrasive side and place fingers side by the side including the thumb and scrub at the surface of the palm for ten strokes and then turn the handover and scrub the dorsal surface for ten strokes.
Next scrub the outside surface of the thumb from wrist to the tip of the thumb, ten strokes continue to apply ten strokes to the other side of the thumb and to each side of your fingers.
Once you scrub an area, do not go back!
Now for the Arms
Now that you scrubbed your hand it’s time to scrub your arm on the same side mentally divide the forearm into thirds from the wrist up to two inches above the elbow when scrubbing each third of your forearm apply ten strokes to the top-bottom in both sides of each section like before once you scrub an area do not go back repeat the scrub on the other hand and arm once both hands and arms are complete discard the surgical sponge in the trash can and beside the scrub sink.
Now the rinse
Start rinsing at your fingertips and continue to the hand forearm and elbow moving in one forward direction through the water always keep your elbow at a right angle and hand raised above the level of your elbow does not move arms back and forth in the water if you need additional rinsing completely remove your arm from the water stream and re-enter at the fingertips until you reach the elbow once rinsing is complete and no antiseptic remains on the hand and arms turn off the water with the knee control to avoid contamination keep hands above the level of the elbow and away from scrub attire and non-sterile services.
Allow residual water to drip off the elbows and into the sink do not shake or wave hands and arms to remove excess water walk backward through the operating room door and dry hands and arms with a sterile towel before donning a sterile surgical gown and gloves.
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