Handwashing

Friday, May 13, 2011

Regular hand washing is one of the most important strategies to prevent the spread of germs and avoiding illness. Dr. Edward Hill gives some tips on hand washing in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Keeping your hands clean is one of the most important steps you can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others.

It is best to wash your hands with soap and clean running hot water for 20 seconds. However, if soap and clean water are not available, use an alcohol-based product. Alcohol-based hand rubs significantly reduce the number of germs and are fast acting.

When washing hands with soap and water:

Wet your hands with clean running water and apply soap. Use warm water if it is available.

Rub hands together to make a lather and scrub all surfaces.

Continue rubbing hands for 20 seconds.

Rinse hands well under running water

Dry your hands using a paper towel or air dryer. If possible, use your paper towel to turn off the faucet

The single most important thing we can do to keep from getting sick and spreading illness to others is to clean our hands.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.