CNA training teaches many things about hygiene, both for the patient and the care-giver. It is very important to be clean and hygienic when you arrive at work, and to stay that way throughout the day. Although this may be thought of as obvious, you’d be surprised at the mistakes that are made.
Taking the appropriate steps is vital to the control of disease and infection in the medical setting. Here’s a CNA training graduate refresher for you:
CNA Training, Hand-washing and Sanitation
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Hand-washing is the single best thing that anyone can do, anywhere to prevent the transmission of disease. CNA training has taught you that germs are everywhere. That means that everything that you touch during the day has the potential to make you, or someone else, sick. If you get in the habit of washing your hands as soon as you get to work, after any of your own personal care, and upon entering and leaving a patient’s room, you will be much better off.
Instead of hand-washing, some facilities offer anti-bacterial hand cleaner. This is usually alcohol based, and is therefore very drying to the skin. Never, ever use it on a patient unless there are medical orders to do so, because dry skin can easily result in skin tears. Regardless of how you clean your hands, you will be cleaning them many times each day. You may want to consider investing in a good hand-lotion, so they don’t dry out too badly.
What does CNA Training Say About Your Appearance
You may have noticed that the medical staff where you have been doing your CNA training are unlikely to wear their hear down, or wear a lot of jewelry. These are undoubtedly very important to many people, but heavy makeup or perfume, long hair and dangling earrings all pose significant risks to both the care-giver and the patient.
A significant number of people who need ongoing medical attention could get sick from the perfume and heavy makeup will probably wear off by the end of the day. Long hair and heavy jewelry could be grabbed by a patient or catch on something, so they pose risks to your safety. It is much safer for the CNA training graduate to wear minimal jewelry, no perfume and light makeup. If you have medium or long hair, it needs to be secured and off your neck and of course, short hair is fine as well. It also needs to be clean and neat.
Long nails are known to collect germs and to be a breeding ground for many infections. Whether they are real or artificial, it can be difficult to clean thoroughly under them. An unfortunate occurrence, especially when you are working with older residents, is that their skin can be easily torn. Although long nails can be beautiful, they are simply not safe during CNA training or when you are fully certified.
CNA training does not provide for a glamorous or an easy job. What it does provide is a challenging job where you will have a positive impact on the lives of people who need you to do for them, what they can no longer do for themselves. Providing for your own basic hygiene is an important part of your job.