Help your foster families brush up on hand hygiene at home with this basic protocol:
- Clean and disinfect your hands before and after handling animals
- If hands aren’t visibly soiled, alcohol-based hand sanitizer may be appropriate on occasion
- Wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly soiled, or if risk of disease transmission is high or particularly hardy viruses like panleukopenia or parvovirus are a concern
- Whether using sanitizer or soap, apply for at least 15-20 seconds. Don’t forget to clean the most commonly missed areas—fingertips, between fingers, the back of the hands and the base of your thumbs.
For more handy tips, check out this detailed doc: Infection Control for Home-Based Foster Care.
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