Hand Hygiene

Last Update: February 21, 2014

HAND HYGIENE refers to the use of either alcohol-based sanitizers ( Hand de-germing products such as Purell ) or Soap and Water ( Hand Washing ). According to CDC ( The Center For Disease Control ), " Hand washing is the single most important means of preventing the spread of infection". It is therefore in our best interest to follow Hand Hygiene Protocols.

Most germs are harmless, but some can make you really sick. Regular Hand Washing and/or using alcohol based Sanitizers, can reduce this risk by up to 50%

THERE are many ways that germs can be transmitted from one person to another. For example; John has a bad cold. He coughs into his hands. His cold germs spread to his hands, and he does not wash them. He meets his friend Peter and shakes his hand. Now John's cold germs have spread to Peter's hand. Peter touches his mouth and rubs his eyes. Peter gets infected with the cold germs and gets sick. This was one of the simplest, but very common, way that germs spread from one person to another.

SOME of the places where germs are found:

  1. Bathroom doorknobs
  2. Bathroom faucets
  3. Toilet seats
  4. Trash cans
  5. Animals
  6. Kitchen sink
  7. Kitchen faucet
  8. Raw food, such as chicken
  9. Light switches
  10. Toys
  11. Desks
  12. Sponges
  13. Dishcloth
  14. Remote control
  15. Microwave
  16. Refrigerator
WHEN to wash hands?
  1. Before eating
  2. After playing
  3. After coughing
  4. After blowing your nose
  5. After touching an animal
  6. After using the bathroom
  7. After changing the baby's diapers
  8. After using the computer keyboard
  9. After touching a computer mouse
HOW to wash hands:
  1. Wet hands using warm water
  2. Apply soap
  3. Rub hands together for 10-15 seconds, paying attention to areas between the fingers and under nails
  4. Rinse hands
  5. Dry hands using paper towels
  6. Use the same paper towel to turn off the faucet
HOW to use Alcohol based sanitizers:
  1. Put one pump of the sanitizer on the palm of your hand
  2. Rub the gel into hands, covering all surfaces, until dry
  3. Do not rinse
  4. Let the alcohol evaporate for a few seconds
I hope that this article was useful. Make it a habit to wash or sanitize your hands, as often as needed. It is to your benefit. Regards. Syed
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Scorpio15 Premium
Another way of preventing the spread of a cold is NOT to shake a persons hand if you have a cold. Another tip is when you have visited a public toilet NEVER touch the door handle with your bare hand when you exit the facility.
Nadeem2014 Premium
Good points to share. Thx. The whole purpose of this discussion was to make people aware of the various things they can do to prevent and get infections.
Nadeem2014 Premium
I am glad that you liked the post.
Do you know what each one of us can do to prevent the spread of germs and infections ?
Jenna7 Premium
Thanks, this was very useful.
yancbren Premium
Syed that is very true.
Nadeem2014 Premium
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Jaweda2k Premium
Definitely puts things into a good perspective and one that is easy to follow.
Funmine Premium
Very useful. Sometimes we forget that other areas are prone to harbor germs, even much more than the toilet that gets cleaned everyday.

Great post!