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Hand Washing

30 November 2016

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Hand Washing

Handwashing is like a “ do-it-yourself” vaccine . It involves five simple & effective steps (Wet , Lather, Scrub, Rinse , Dry) you can take to reduce the spread of diarrheal and respiratory illness so you can stay healthy. Regular handwashing, particulary before and after certain activities , is one of the best ways to remove germs, avoid getting sick and prevent the spread of germs to others. It is quick, it is simple and it can keep us all from getting sick. Handwashing is a win for everyone except the germs.

When should you wash your hand?

  • Before, during and after preparing food
  • Before eating food
  • Before and after caring for someone who is sick
  • Before and after treating a cut 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 handling pet food or pet treat
  • After touching garbage

How should you wash your hands?

  • 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 hand, 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 should you do if you don’t have soap and clean, running water?

Washing hands with soap and water is the best way to reduce the number of germs on them in most situations. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers, but sanitizers do not eliminate all types of germs and might not remove harmful chemicals.

Hand sanitizers are not as effective when hands are visibly dirty or greasy

How do you use hand sanitizers?

  • Apply the product to the palm of one hand (read the label to learn the correct amount).
  • Rub your hands together
  • Rub the product over all surfaces of your hands and fingers until your hands are dry.

By Infection control department, Sri Kota Specialist Medical Centre

Reference : www.sdc.com