Anatomy & Physiology Immune #19
Which is the correct duration for hand washing with soap and water in the provision of client care?
- 5 to 10 seconds
Five to 10 seconds is not an adequate duration for hand washing.
- 15 to 20 seconds
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.
- 25 to 30 seconds
25 to 30 seconds is not the required duration of hand washing with soap and water.
- 35 to 40 seconds
35 to 40 seconds is not the required duration of hand washing with soap and water.
Hand hygiene is a method for cleaning one’s hands. This process substantially reduces potentially pathogenic organisms on the hands.
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.