Published on Nov 19, 2016 and last reviewed on Feb 19, 2020 - 3 min read
Picture depiction of the steps of hand washing to ensure clean hands
Hand hygiene or otherwise called hand washing is the process of cleaning hands with soap and water or hand sanitizer to remove dirt, soil, microorganisms, and other impurities. Dirty hands are the main mode of transportation of many contagious diseases, so it is essential to maintain good hand hygiene to prevent the spread of such diseases. Washing your hands properly can even prevent the spread of bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics.
It is important to wash your hand in the following situations:
The entire process should take 40 to 60 seconds. The steps are as follows:
It takes about 20 to 30 seconds to disinfect your hand using an antiseptic hand rub. The following are the seven steps of hand washing:
The process of cleaning and scrubbing the hands and forearm before surgery is called surgical hand scrubbing. It reduces the incidence of operative wound infections. This takes about 2 to 6 minutes.
The steps involved are:
It is recommended to wash your hands frequently with soap and water. You need to rub your hands together with the foam for at least 20 seconds. Encourage your kids to wash their hands frequently and properly. To keep them interested, you can tell them to scrub and wash their hands until they sing the “Happy Birthday” song twice. In situations where you cannot find a sink or running water, keep alcohol-based sanitizers handy. Hand sanitizers might not help if your hands are visibly soiled, but it can be used as a temporary solution. Washing your hands frequently protects you from many contagious infections, so wash your hands and stay healthy!
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