Hand Washing

Watson Lake hand cleaning

Cleaning your hands is the single most effective way to prevent the spread of infection. At all Yukon hospitals, there are hand sanitizer dispensers located in patient rooms, in each area/department/unit and at several spots throughout the facility, including at main entrances and exits.

Alcohol-based sanitizers are a highly effective way to clean your hands when soap and water is not available. Apply and rub on hands until it evaporates.

Soap and water is still the best when your hands are visibly soiled or you've just visited the washroom. Use regular soap. Rub hands vigorously together for at least 15 seconds covering all surfaces, rinse under running water, dry with clean or disposable towel and use the towel to turn off the tap.

It’s okay to ask your health provider to wash his/her hands before treatment begins.

Clean your hands before:
  • handling or eating food or feeding others
  • inserting or removing contact lenses
  • treating wounds or cuts
Clean your hands after:
  • having any contact with a person who has influenza or their immediate environment
  • going to the toilet or changing a diaper
  • blowing your nose or wiping a child's nose
  • coughing or sneezing
Other resources

Frequent Hand Washing Tips from Yukon Health and Social Services

How to Prevent Healthcare-Associated Infections: A Patient & Family Guide (PDF)

How to Speak with Healthcare Workers about Hand Hygiene (PDF)

Last Updated:Wed, 06/15/2016 - 23:10