Anatomy & Physiology Immune #19

Question

Which is the correct duration for hand washing with soap and water in the provision of client care?

Answers

  1. 5 to 10 seconds
    • Rationale:

      Five to 10 seconds is not an adequate duration for hand washing.

  2. 15 to 20 seconds
    • Rationale:

      The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a minimum duration of 15 to 20 seconds when implementing hand hygiene via soap and water.

  3. 25 to 30 seconds
    • Rationale:

      25 to 30 seconds is not the required duration of hand washing with soap and water.

  4. 35 to 40 seconds
    • Rationale:

      35 to 40 seconds is not the required duration of hand washing with soap and water.

Overview

Hand hygiene is a method for cleaning one’s hands. This process substantially reduces potentially pathogenic organisms on the hands.

Explanation

Learning Outcomes

Hand hygiene is considered a primary measure for reducing the risk of transmitting infection among health care professionals and clients. Hand hygiene can be implemented in two ways, with soap and water and with an alcohol based sanitizer. When using soap and water, the duration for hand washing is 15 to 20 seconds.

Test Taking Tip

Singing the “Happy Birthday” song twice is sufficient for hand washing with soap and water. Time yourself singing to determine the correct answer choice for this question.

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