Handwashing for Healthy Living

Added on :  14-Oct-2015

Clean Hands Save Lives!


When should you wash your hands?

  • Before and after any patient contact
  • When your hands are visibly dirty
  • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
  • Before and after treating a cut or wound or contacting body fluids
  • After going to the bathroom
  • Before preparing or eating food
  • After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has gone to the bathroom
  • After handling uncooked foods, particularly raw meat, poultry, or fish
  • After handling garbage


Using alcohol-based sanitizers:

  • Apply a dime-size portion of product to the palm of one hand
  • Rub hands together
  • Rub product over all surfaces of hands and fingers until hands are dry (Note: The volume needed to reduce the number of germs varies by product)
  • Look for sanitizer dispenser. Hand Sanitizer Dispensers are conveniently located in each department.


Washing with soap and water:

  • Place your hands together under water (warm if possible) and apply soap
  • Rub your hands together thoroughly, including wrists, palms, back of hands, and under fingernails for at least 20 seconds
  • Rinse the soap from your hands
  • Dry your hands completely with a single use towel. Use towel to turn off faucet.


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