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Hand Washing to Prevent Infections

Washing your hands often and properly is the best line of defense against infections. Washing your hands properly is simple, just follow these steps:

  • Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
  • Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Be sure to lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
  • Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
  • Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
  • Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.

What everyone can do :

1. Perform hand hygiene for the following events:

  • Before, during, and after preparing food
  • Before eating food
  • Before and after caring for someone who is sick
  • Before and after treating a cut or wound
  • After using the toilet
  • After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet
  • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
  • After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste
  • After handling pet food or pet treats
  • After touching garbage

2. Adoption of the fist bump as a simple, free, and more hygienic alternative to the handshake. According to a study published in the August issue of the American Journal of Infection Control, “Fist bumping” transmits significantly fewer bacteria than either handshaking or high-fiving, while still addressing the cultural expectation of hand-to-hand contact between patients and clinicians.

3. Especially with flu and respiratory season be extra careful to prevent the spread of infections: perform hand hygiene, do extra cleaning with approved disinfectant, and cover your cough!