Penn Home Infusion Team
University of Pennsylvania Health System
Last Modified: November 1, 2001
Proper handwashing is necessary before beginning
any infusion procedure. Your hands normally have bacteria or germs on
them. Your hands also pick up bacteria from many places. Because
bacteria may cause an infection, it is important to wash your hands
properly before beginning your infusion.
You will need the following supplies:
- Warm water
- Antibacterial soap
- Clean paper towel or clean cloth towel
- Wet your hands and wrists.
- Lather your hands well with antibacterial
- Clean under fingernails with soapy
- Rub your hands together using friction. Make
sure you thoroughly wash between all fingers and the back of both
hands for at least one minute.
- Rinse your hands so that water flows from the
tips of the fingers to the wrists.
- Dry your hands using a clean towel (paper or
- Use the towel to turn off the water so your
clean hands do not touch the faucet.
- After washing hands, DO NOT touch anything but
your infusion supplies.
- If called away, wash your hands before you