Caregivers should follow strict hand washing procedures. Clean Hands Saves Lives
Hand washing isn’t just for healthcare workers; the CDC reminds us frequent hand washing is for everyone. While the coronavirus has everyone’s attention, a cold or flu can also be detrimental to someone with a weakened immune system. Practicing simple hand hygiene is the best way to prevent the spread of all infectious diseases.
Caregivers should follow strict hand washing procedures. Here are the steps the CDC urges us to follow:
- 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 slowly from beginning to end twice.
- Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
- Dry your hands using a clean towel or air-dry them.
- Use the towel to turn off the water.
We all know to wash our hands before preparing food and after using the bathroom, but the CDC urges us to wash our hands far more frequently than we typically do. Here are a few occasions we might overlook:
- Before eating food
- After blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing
- Before and after caring for someone who is sick
- After changing a disposable brief, pad or cleaning up after someone who has used the toilet
- Before and after treating a cut or wound
- After touching garbage
- After touching an animal, animal feed or animal waste
Although awareness is heightened at this moment in time, we should always practice these hand-washing standards. Here’s to keeping our hands clean!
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