rub-in method for hand disinfection

Method for distributing hand disinfectants (HD) as evenly as possible and without gaps on the hands’ skin to avoid gaps in coverage. The so-called “responsible rub-in method” leads to the best results and is recommended by the scientific advisory board of the German “Aktion Saubere Hände” (Clean Hands Campaign) as follows:

  1. Staff must be trained in how to disinfect the hands (black-light lamp).
  2. Apply sufficient HD to dry hands. The hands must be “wet”.
  3. Rub HD into the entire hand, paying special attention to the main contact points and pathogen reservoirs (fingertips and thumb, nail fold).
  4. The hands must be kept moist for the exposure time as specified by the manufacturer, but at least for 30 seconds.

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