When to Perform Hand Hygiene?

  • When hands are visibly soiled.
  • After barehanded touching of instruments, equipment, materials and other objects likely to be contaminated by blood, saliva, or respiratory secretions.
  • Before and after treating each patient.
  • Before putting on gloves.
  • Immediately after removing gloves.
  • Surgical hand scrub is performed before putting on sterile surgeon’s gloves for all surgical procedures.

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