Hand Hygiene Facts You Should Know
Good personal hygiene plays a
major part in reducing and eliminating the spread of germs and
infections from person-to-person. It also helps in reducing the spread
of infectious illnesses, including colds, flu and other upper
respiratory illnesses. A big part of personal hygiene is hand hygiene
and incorporating safety measures in developing habits that will stave
off illnesses can help to further reduce the spread of germs and
The Importance of Hand Washing
Hand washing is simple, yet underestimated in its effect in
reducing germs transference. The Center for Disease Control supports
this frequently overlooked habit as the single most important thing
that can be done to reduce episodes of getting sick and spreading
- Why it is important: Details the
reasons why hand washing is important and how it helps in reducing the
spread of germs.
- All instances: Looks at the
importance of hand washing in most all cases including food safety and
- Sing-A-Long: An interactive video
that stresses the importance of hand washing.
The Center for Disease Control Guidelines
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) introduces comprehensive
guidelines which outline critical hygienic areas including their
scientific data to support hand hygiene, the impact of skin flora and
the transference of pathogens from a person's hand to other contact
with other things.
- CDC Guidelines: Includes data and
research to support the importance of cleanliness, beginning with the
Hand Washing Methods
There are several methods for washing hands for optimal
results. In addition to washing them thoroughly with warm water and
soap, it is also important to thoroughly dry them so as not to further
increase chances of transferring germs or other allergens.
- Effective Methods: Discusses the
method of washing with soap and drying them for a certain period of
- Alcohol Method: Details the method
of hand washing that includes alcohol-based solutions
The Best Time to Wash
The best time to wash would be after any of the following: 1)
If you've been exposed to germs via someone coughing or
sneezing, 2) If you're in health care and need to wash
frequently to reduce your exposure to germs, 3) If you're
handling raw meat or other substances that can transfer
bacteria, 4) After using the restroom, touching doorknobs or
handles on doors. Although there are many situations that warrant the
need to frequently wash hands, there are also other times when it may
not be so obvious, but may be necessary.
- Time to wash: Gives a detail of the
ideal times to practice good hand washing.
Gloves and Hand Hygiene
Gloves are used in proper hand hygiene to further eliminate
the possibility of spreading germs and coming into contact with other
infectious agents. Proper usage of gloves in hand hygiene work
alongside other methods of hand hygiene to ensure full control of all
- Usage: Discusses the proper usage
of gloves in hand hygiene.
- Gloves Guide: A how-to guide in
improving health care conditions with the use of gloves.
Alcohol-based hand rubs are also an effective mechanism for
reducing the spread of germs. These preparations usually contain
anywhere from 60-95 percent ethanol or isopropanol alcohol and is
designed to reduce microorganisms found on the
- Alcohol: Gives the terminology and
definitions on alcohol-based agents and their effects.
Nail hygiene is important as well in practicing good hand
hygiene. The skin underneath the fingernails can host a myriad of
bacteria and germs, therefore necessitating the need to have good
practices when using, handling or dealing with anything involving the
- Healthy Nails: Discusses how to
recognize nail medical issues and what to do to have good nail hygiene.
- Practices: Discusses the best
practices for hand and nail hygiene.
Laws Regarding Hand Hygiene
Laws vary from locale to locale regarding hand hygiene,
although many of them are the same in many areas.
- State Laws: Discusses the hand
hygiene laws for the State of New York
- Public Health: Discusses infectious
diseases and the role that hand hygiene plays.
Kids and Good Hygiene
In schools, almost 22 million days alone are lost as a result
of the common cold, with over 52.2 million cases of it yearly affecting
those under the age of 17. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) also
report that most viruses and bacteria can live on surfaces like
doorknobs, desks and tables anywhere from 20 minutes up to two hours.
- Kids: The importance of hand
washing in kids.