With Christmas and the New Year approaching we all can expect an increase in face to face encounters in our homes and throughout our communities. That’s why it’s important to be extra mindful of proper hand washing techniques. Follow these five steps to wash your hands the right way every time. Wet your hands with clean, running water, turn off the tap, and apply soap. Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Be sure to lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Rinse your hands well under clean, running water. Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.
Washing your hands with soap and water is the best way to reduce the number of germs on them in most situations. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizers that contains at least 60% alcohol. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers can quickly reduce the number of germs on your hands in some situations, but sanitizers do not eliminate all types of germs. Hand sanitizers may not be as effective when hands are visibly dirty.
Hand washing is like a “do-it-yourself” vaccine-it involves five simple and effective steps you can take to reduce the spread of diarrheal and respiratory illness so you can stay healthy. Regular handwashing, particularly before and after certain activities, is one of the best ways to remove germs, avoid getting sick, and prevent the spread of germs to others. Its quick, its simple, and it can keep us all from getting sick. Handwashing is a win for everyone, except the germs.
Infection control plays a vital part in the Medical Home Health care setting and our personal lives. Adults with chronic conditions are more likely to develop complications, hospitalizations from certain vaccine-preventable diseases like Flu and Pneumonia. The CDC recommends people with asthma, COPD, or other conditions that affect the lungs get a yearly flu vaccine. If you have a lung condition, you should also get a pneumococcal vaccines.
So, let’s all do our part and wash our hands correctly get vaccinated and make sure our elderly loved ones are vaccinated so we all can have a happy and healthy holiday season.
This blog was written by Jeff Dietz, Administrator at Be Healthy at Home.
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