Hygiene for Hemi Hand and Equipment

Advice from our physio, Miriam Creeger.

We all need to follow basic hygiene precautions especially at this challenging time. We all know about not touching our faces, covering our nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing with a tissue or into our elbow. However, we need to be thoughtful about not only people who have a hemi hand but also equipment that we might be heavily dependent on.

Tips on keeping equipment clean;

Anything which is touched regularly is a possible risk area for contamination. Below items should be wiped down regularly with clean or gloved hands.

  • Walking equipment etc; crutches, sticks, frames, standers,
  • Wheelchairs and accessories; belts, arm supports, handles, foot plates etc.
  • AAC equipment; touch screens and joysticks, mounting brackets and the edges of devices.

Tips on washing a hemi hand:

  • Fill up sink with warm water and rinse both hands in soapy water.
  • Equipment that could help clean your good hand, body puff, flannel put soap on it and rub it using the side of the sink to work up a lather. Get the lather over the whole of your hand, then rinse off. Make sure you dry your hemi hand in all the creases thoroughly.
  • If you are not using your Hemi hand functionally it doesn’t need to be washed as often as your functional hand as it will not be exposed to as many surfaces.

Keep safe everyone.