Thursday, April 25, 2013

Wash 'em up!

Handwashing is rarely a sexy behavior - but it is an important tool in staying well during the cold and flu season.

When should you wash your hands?
  • Before preparing food
  • After handling dirty things (diapers, garbage, pet litter, going to the bathroom)
  • After sneezing, coughing or using a tissue
  • Before and after dealing with a cut or injury.
How should you do it?                                      It seems simple, but are you doing it correctly?
  • Using water - lather up your hands.
  • Rub for twenty seconds (or sing Row, Row Row Your Boat twice)
  • Clean nails; between fingers; top and bottom of hands; around thumbs
  • Rinse well.
  • Shut off the tap using the paper towel
What about hand sanitizer?
Hand sanitizer is great especially if you don't have access to soap and water. BUT if your hands look dirty, you really need to find a sink. Remember, when you use hand sanitizer, you need to clean your whole hand of both hands.

Here's a cool video made to encourage health care workers to 'get it right' in handwashing

Here's step by steps of washing and using hand sanitizers -click on the picture to make it bigger.

For more information check out CDC video here or more info here