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FAQ - Hand Hygiene - 2014
 FAQ -  Hand Hygiene  -  2014



Is there a recommendation and/or regulation that states wearing a watch is a violation? I was told this recently but have never read or heard of this previously. Please advise.

Specifically regarding the surgical hand scrub, the 2003 CDC guidelines for infection control in dentistry states:

Before beginning surgical hand scrub, remove all arm jewelry and any hand jewelry that may make donning gloves more difficult, cause gloves to tear more readily (142,143), or interfere with glove usage (e.g., ability to wear the correct-sized glove or altered glove integrity). 1

A surgical hand scrub is done before donning sterile surgeon’s gloves for surgical procedures.

This is also stated on the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) website under Infection Control in Dental Settings:   2

The Association of Surgical Technologists has published recommended Standards of Practice to support health care facilities’ reinforcement of best practices related to wearing jewelry in the perioperative setting which can be accessed at this link:  3

Many states have adopted the 2003 CDC guidelines as part of their regulatory code. Ask OSAP is not necessarily familiar with the regulations in every state. It is possible that requirements, regulations, and recommendations can vary by state. It is recommended that you contact your State Board of Dental Examiners/Dental Licensing Board and State Health Department/Agency to find out more about the requirements in your state.


1)     Kohn WG, Collins AS, Cleveland JL, Harte JA, Eklund KJ, Malvitz DM, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Guidelines for infection control in dental health-care settings—2003. MMWR Recomm Rep 2003;52(RR-17):1-61.    Accessed on January 29, 2014.

2)     US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Infection Control in Dental SettingsFrequently Asked Questions – Hand Hygiene.   Accessed on January 29, 2014.

3)     Association of Surgical Technologists. AST Recommended Standards of Practice for Wearing Jewelry.   Accessed on January 29, 2014.





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