What is the Rule for Washing Your Hands?

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) states: DHCP are trained regarding appropriate indications for hand hygiene including handwashing, hand antisepsis, and surgical hand antisepsis  Note: Use soap and water when hands are visibly soiled (e.g., blood, body fluids). Alcohol-based hand rub may be used in all other situations.” If you think there may be debris on your hands or your hands are visibly soiled you need to wash your hands.

Source:  Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Infection Prevention Checklist for Dental Setting: Basic Expectations for Safe Care, Page 6, https://www.cdc.gov/oralhealth/infectioncontrol/faq/hand.htm