Handwashing

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

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

Dr. Hill:

Frequent handwashing is one of the best ways to avoid getting sick and spreading illness.

As you touch people, surfaces and objects throughout the day, you accumulate germs on your hands. Although its impossible to keep your hands germ-free, washing your hands frequently can help limit the transfer of bacteria, viruses and other microbes.

It is best to wash your hands with soap and clean running 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

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