A compilation of useful online materials regarding handwashing.
Last Updated: Jan 17, 2012
This is a gathering of resources that are relevant to washing one's hands. Hygiene and cleanliness are one of the most important duties that a person in the health care field can perform. Proper hand washing ensures that germs and the spread of disease is kept to a minimum.
- Hand Healthy Guidelines
Hand washing, also referred to as hand hygiene, is one of the best ways to avoid getting sick and spreading infections to others, in the home, at work, at school, when traveling, or in a healthcare setting. The attention to prevention of H1N1 influenza has helped propel this “simple” measure into the spotlight as a new habit to stay healthy and prevent the spread of infections like flu, colds or intestinal illnesses. Hand washing requires only soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitize
Wash Your Hands: The Right Way
When should you wash your hands?
- 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 or animal waste
- After touching garbage
- CDC Handwashing: Clean Hands Saves Lives
Scientists estimate that people are not washing their hands often or well enough and may transmit up to 80% of all infections by their hands. From doorknobs to animals to food, harmful germs can live on almost everything. Handwashing may be your single most important act to help stop the spread of infection and stay healthy.
The link is for the CDC Webasite on Hand Hygiene in Healthcare setting. Taken from the page description,
"Hand Hygiene in Healthcare Settings provides healthcare workers and patients with a variety of resources including guidelines for providers, patient empowerment materials, the latest technological advances in hand hygiene adherence measurement, frequently asked questions, and links to promotional and educational tools published by the WHO, universities, and health departments."
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