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Tip of the Week: Hand Hygiene for Foster Parents

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.

 

How do you help foster parents stay sanitary at home?

 

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