Proper Hand Washing
As a health care worker infection control is always on my mind. Infection control is always important but more so now with flu season in full swing.
One of the most important things I do is wash my hands often. Germs are everywhere and sometimes they appear on what looks like a clean surface.
How does one correctly wash their hands to prevent infections such as colds or flu bugs? It’s simply soap and water but it’s the method which really matters.
One must use their fingers of one hand to scrub the other hand. Friction is the correct way to make sure the germs are washed down the drain. Wash hands with fingers pointing downward for a minute or so. Singing a verse of ‘Happy Birthday’ to yourself or saying a few Hail Mary’s is usually long enough to adequately wash hands.
Use a paper towel to turn off the faucet so you do not contaminate your hands once again. If there are not paper towel handy, use your elbow is possible.