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Hand Hygiene



Hand Washing Involves 5 easy Steps

Wet Get your hands wet with water.

Lather Remove hands from the water and apply a generous amount of soap.

Scrub Rub your hands together vigorously.. Be sure you are rubbing your fingernails around in the soap on the palm of your hand and scrubbing between each finger.  Do not forget the backs of your hands as well.  Continue scrubbing your hands together long enough until  you are able to sing the alphabet twice to yourself.

Rinse Hold your hands with your fingers pointed downward under the water and allow the water to rinse off all of the soap.

Dry Use a papertowel to dry your hands completely.  Do not shake your hands out in the air.  Use the papertowel to turn off the water.  Throw away the paper towel.  Be aware of how clean your hands are now and do not touch anything you don’t have to.  

Always remember to keep your hands away from your face.

FUN FACT: Dr. Ignaz Semmelweis is known as the Father of Handwashing after linking clean hands to better patient outcomes in the hospital setting. 1846