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Proper Hand Washing

As a health care worker infection control is always on my mind. Infection control is always important but more so now with flu season in full swing.

One of the most important things I do is wash my hands often. Germs are everywhere and sometimes they appear on what looks like a clean surface.

How does one correctly wash their hands to prevent infections such as colds or flu bugs? It’s simply soap and water but it’s the method which really matters.

One must use their fingers of one hand to scrub the other hand. Friction is the correct way to make sure the germs are washed down the drain. Wash hands with fingers pointing downward for a minute or so. Singing a verse of ‘Happy Birthday’ to yourself or saying a few Hail Mary’s is usually long enough to adequately wash hands.

Use a paper towel to turn off the faucet so you do not contaminate your hands once again. If there are not paper towel handy, use your elbow is possible.

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angelseguera wrote on October 18, 2014, 3:22 AM

Good tip and I know that it is really important to know this especially for young toddlers

Scorpie wrote on October 18, 2014, 6:14 AM

If you are washing your hands it may as well be done right.

Ldyjarhead wrote on October 18, 2014, 7:19 AM

I always thought it was counterproductive to wash your hands and then touch the faucet again, the same surface you (and everyone else) has touched BEFORE washing hands. Good reminder.

Kasman wrote on October 18, 2014, 12:57 PM

Hand washing is THE number one protective discipline against bacterial infection. A good reminder to us all.

Feisty56 wrote on October 18, 2014, 4:23 PM

A good reminder here about one of the most important actions we can take to keep ourselves and others healthy.

AngelSharum wrote on October 19, 2014, 11:21 PM

Nice to see you here! Good tips. I wash my hands all the time, whether it's flu season or not.

LeaPea2417 wrote on December 17, 2015, 9:56 PM

I always wash my hands especially after coming home from outside and from shopping and also after I cook.