Health is in Your Hands

Research has shown that the spread of viruses and bacteria can largely be prevented with proper hand washing habits. Hand washing is the first line of defense against infection and it is one that we can easily control. There are some troubling results found by a survey done by KRC Research for the global hygiene company SCA. They discovered that we simply are not washing our hands as much as we should.

Out of 1,000 adults surveyed across the country:

71% claimed to wash their hands on a regular basis
58% have witnessed others leave a public restroom without washing their hands
35% witnessed a co-worked leave a restroom without washing hands
20% witnessed a worker at a restaurant leave the restroom without hand washing

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To help we thought we would gather a few best practices for hand washing.

1: Rinse your hands in warm water

2: Use soap. Any soap will do, the jury is still out on whether or not antibacterial soap is better than regular soap. You can read more about it here:
http://health.howstuffworks.com/skin-care/cleansing/myths/question692.htm and here: http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/health/2013/05/03/popular-antibacterial-soap-ingredient-draws-fda-scrutiny/

3: Lather up. Using circular motions scrub both sides of your hands and wrists. Don’t forget to get under and around your fingernails.

4: Wash for 15-30 seconds. Sing Happy Birthday or the ABC’s to help you with this timing. Wash thoroughly, but make sure you give the soap enough time to do its job.

5: Rinse: Keep your fingers pointed down, make sure you don’t touch the sink.

6: Use a towel to turn off the water. If it is automatic, let it run it’s cycle. Do your best to not touch anything with your hands, especially if you are in a public restroom.

7: Dry your hands with a towel, or air dryer.

Lets take a look at a list compiled by the CDC of when we should be washing our hands. You can read the original article here: http://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/

• Before, during and after preparing food.
• Before you eat
• Before and after taking care of someone who is sick
• Before and after treating a cut or wound
• After changing a diaper or helping someone use the restroom
• After blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing
• After touching garbage
• After petting an animal or touching animal waste
• After touching animal food.

Do you have any hand washing techniques or best practices you’d like to share?

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