Improve your Hygiene – Hand Washing

Improve your Hygiene – Thorough Hand Washing

Now, i know for the fact that everyone of us has at least heard of hand washing, many new knowledge and techniques have come up of late like some people putting on gloves to prevent contact to infectious agents, wipers, soviet, ethanol disinfectants and many other means but handing washing remains the core, affordable and effective way of reducing many infections more so fecal-oral. However, i have met many patients saying wash their hands as a routine,  but my assessment finds out that many do it as a norm but not meeting the intentions of it and have no rationale to wash their hands.

Given it’s demand to help us to reduce many diseases that can come up from not washing hands, am here to take you through how best you can wash your hands and to give you the rationale why you have to wash your hands and not necessarily only after using toilets and latrines. Lemme start with the rationale.

Follow these five simple steps:

  1. Turn on the faucet to start the warm running water. Wet your hands.
  2. Apply soap and lather well, scrubbing between fingers, wrists, backs of hands and under nails for at least 20 seconds.
  3. Rinse with warm water running from your wrist down to your fingertips, then into the sink.
  4. With the water still running, dry your hands well. Disposable towels or air hand dryers are required in public restrooms.
  5. Using the disposable towel, turn off the sink faucet and then dispose. Keep washed hands covered to prevent recontamination.

Once you have properly washed your hands, an alcohol-based hand sanitizer may be used. Use hand lotion if dry skin becomes a problem.

What type of soap should I use?

Liquid soap is required at all public hand washing areas, however, bar soap may be used in your home. A self-draining holder that is cleaned frequently is recommended for bar soap.

When family members are sick, use liquid soap and disposable towels. Avoid bar soap and shared cloth towels as they may spread germs.

What should we teach children about hand washing?

It is important to teach children how to wash their hands using the same steps listed above. Teach them to sing “Row, Row, Row Your Boat,” or the “Happy Birthday” song twice while washing their hands to ensure they wash them for the proper length of time.

Adults and children should wash their hands:

  • After touching bare human body parts other than clean hands and clean, exposed portions of arms.
  • Before and after eating or drinking
  • After playing outdoors
  • After playing with pets
  • After using the bathroom
  • After coughing, sneezing or blowing their noses
  • After handling soiled equipment or utensils
  • After food preparation, as often as necessary to remove soil and contamination and to prevent cross-contamination when changing tasks.
  • After switching between working with raw food and working with ready-to-eat food.
  • After using tobacco
  • After engaging in other activities that contaminate the hands.

Even though hands may appear to be clean, they may carry germs that cause disease.

Don’t assume that children know how to wash their hands properly. Supervision, especially in a child care setting, is essential to forming good hand washing habits in children.

Finally, children learn by example. Let them see good hand washing habits from adults who care for them.

Where Can I Get More Information?

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-Your Nurse Solomon


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