Hand Hygiene Updates and Champions!

Hand Hygiene Updates and Champions!



Criteria for Medal Winners: 90% or greater compliance for the quarter, a minimum of 30 observations per month.

Microorganisms can live under artificial fingernails/gel-powder polish both before and after using hand sanitizer & handwashing. This can lead to the spread of infection, therefore we should:

  • Keep natural nail tips less than ¼ inch long
  • Regular unchipped polish is permitted

“Artificial fingernails” include artificial fingernails, extensions or gel/powder polish and are NOT PERMITTED for employees who provide direct patient care, directly supervise care, or have contact with patient care supplies, medications, equipment or food.


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