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Washing Your Hands
last updated:
Mon, 1/03/2011 9:30 AM

by Tracey Deaux
Child Life Specialist

A hospital associate washing their hands.It always amazes friends that I don't get sick often, especially since I work at a hospital.  Want to know one of the most effective ways to avoid the spread of germs? 

Can you believe it’s as easy as soap and water?!  Many diseases and illnesses are spread through our hands, and keeping them as clean as possible will help fight the spread of germs.  That's why, if you are at Le Bonheur, you'll see our associates washing their hands all the time.

I know it feels like we've all here this, but it's great to have one more refresher.  So, when is a good time to wash your hands?  

You should always wash your hands BEFORE:

  • Preparing food
  • Eating
  • Touching/interacting with someone who is sick
  • Inserting/removing contact lenses

You should always wash your hands AFTER:

  • Using the restroom
  • Contact with body fluid
  • Preparing food
  • Coughing or sneezing
  • Touching an animal or animal supplies (i.e. leash, bowl)
  • Interacting with someone who is sick
  • Handling waste

Okay, now know you need to wash our hands, but, is there a right way to wash our hands?  When washing your hands, you should first wet your hands with clean, running water and apply soap.  Then, rub your hands together and scrub well.  Scrub the top and back of your hands, in between your fingers, and under your nails.  Lather your hands for approximately 30 seconds.  A clever way to remember 30 seconds is to sing the entire song of “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” or “Happy Birthday.” You can sing in your head if you don’t want anyone to hear your amazing voice.  This is also a great way to teach children.  Finally, rinse your hands well and dry with a clean towel or paper towels.  It also helps if you turn off the faucet with a paper towel. 

Washing your hands with soap and water is the best way to reduce germs, but if not available, an alcohol-based sanitizer will help reduce most germs.  During this cough and sneeze season, please remember to wash your hands.  It will help you as well as other people stay healthy.  Happy Hand Washing!

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