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Student/Faculty Updates

Hand Hygiene - Artificial Nails and Extenders
8/12/2013 3:25:35 PM


 Hand Hygiene - Artificial Nails and Extenders

According to Bayhealth Hand Hygiene Policy, B6030.03; hand hygiene is the single most important procedure for prevention of healthcare-associated infections.

In addition to handwashing and using alcohol-based hand rubs, other aspects of hand hygiene are critical.

Persons having direct contact with patients are NOT to wear artificial fingernails or extenders. Fingernail extensions or tips, gels, and acrylic overlays, resin wraps or acrylic fingernails constitute types of artificial fingernails.

The rule of thumb is if the product cannot be immediately removed with nail polish remover, then it is considered a nail enhancement. Gels and shellac (which is a combination of gel and regular nail polish) have to be soaked off of the nails.

Natural tips are to be kept less than ¼ inch long. Chipped nail polish is not acceptable.

For more details, please see the policy on BayNet or contact Paula Bodner, MSN, RN-BC – Education Department.

Hand Hygiene
6/11/2013 9:00:00 AM

Bayhealth Infection Prevention Tip of the Week


Milford Memorial and Kent General will be supplied with new FOAM based hand hygiene products in the near future.

 Quick tip reminders for correct use:

Hand Washing

  • Wet hands with water
  • Apply one pump of soap and wash for at least 15 seconds
  • Rinse hands
  • Dry hands with paper towel and use to turn off faucet
  • Apply lotion

 Foam Hand Sanitizer:

  • Dispense one pump of product into hands
  • Rub hands together to cover all surfaces, including backs of hands and between fingers
  • Rub until dry; do not rinse off