To protect the central line from germs, it’s very important to wash your hands often
and clean them well. You and anyone who comes in contact with you should follow these
Wet your hands. (Don't use
hot water. It can cause skin irritation when you wash your hands often.)
Apply enough soap to cover the entire surface of your hands, including your fingers.
Rub your hands together briskly for at least
15 seconds. Make sure to rub the front and back of each hand up to the wrist, your fingers
and fingernails, between the fingers, and each thumb.
Rinse your hands with warm water.
Dry your hands completely with a new, unused paper towel. Don’t use a cloth towel
or other reusable towel. These can harbor germs.
Use the paper towel to turn off the faucet, then throw it away. If you’re in a bathroom,
also use a paper towel to open the door instead of touching the handle.
When you don’t have access to soap
and water, alcohol-based hand sanitizers are a good choice for cleaning your hands.
sanitizer should have at least
60% alcohol. Note that some germs can't be killed by
alcohol. Your healthcare team can answer any questions you have about when to use
sanitizer, or when it’s better to wash with soap and water. Follow these steps:
Spread about 1 tablespoon of
the hand sanitizer in the palm of one hand. (Check the package for specific
Rub your hands together briskly. Clean the backs of your hands, the palms, between
your fingers, and up your wrists.
Rub until the sanitizer is
gone and your hands are completely dry.