Handwashing is easy to do and it is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of infections and illness.
Quick Facts on Handwashing
- Germs are passed from one person’s hands to another.
- Handwashing is the best way to reduce spread of disease.
- Wash hands often when using food or caring for people.
When should you wash your hands?
- Wash your hands
- before eating
- before. during, and after handling food
- after using the toilet
- after changing a diaper
- after handling raw meat
- after playing with pets
- after wiping noses, coughing or sneezing
- before and after caring for someone who is sick
- before and after treating a cut or wound
- after smoking
- before and after fiving medicine
- after touching garbage
What is the best way to wash your hands?
- Remove all rings.
- Wet hands in warm running water.
- Use soap and rub hands together to make a lather.
- Scrub all surfaces of hands including backs of hands, wrists, between fingers and under fingernails for at least 20 seconds.
- Rinse hands in warm water.
- Dry hands with a clean towel.
- Turn off water with towel.
Use of alcohol-based hand sanitizers
- Washing with soap and water is the best way to reduce the number of germs on our hands.
- If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Hand sanitizers will NOT be as effective when hands are visibly dirty
- Apply a dime-sized amount of sanitizer to the palm of one hand.
- Rub your hands together spreading the product over all surfaces of your hands and fingers until your hands feel dry.
For more information contact your Doctor / Nurse Practitioner or
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