Keeping your hands clean is one of the most important steps you can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. For healthcare workers, keeping their hands clean helps to reduce the risk of infections and promotes patient safety.
The CDC offers a variety of educational programs concerning "Clean Hands Save Lives". Remember soap and clean running water is the best way to wash your hands. Your hands should be scrubbed for a minimum of 20 seconds.
Alcohol based hand rubs can be used effectively under certain circumstances. Remember to wash your hands before and after; this list is NOT totally inclusive:
- Before preparing or eating food
- After going to the bathroom
- After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has gone to the bathroom
- Before and after tending to someone who is sick
- After blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing
- After handling an animal or animal waste
- After handling garbage
- Before and after treating a cut or wound
- Before inserting or removing contact lenses
The skin is the source website is dedicated to reducing healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) by educating patients that skin is often the source of HAIs.
- National Patient Safety Foundation
- Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) website