Your guide for clean hands

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9 Aug 2016 - General

Some important facts to know about washing hands' significance:

  • It is estimated by WHO that washing hands regularly with soap and water has a key rule in reduction of diarrheal disease-associated deaths by up to 50%.
  • Contaminated hands cause large percentage of foodborne disease outbreaks.
  • Researchers in London estimate that if everyone routinely washed their hands, a million deaths a year could be prevented .
  • The risk of respiratory infections decreases significantly with correct handwashing.

Keeping hands clean is very crucial for any healthcare professional. A proper handwashing can be guaranteed through following the recommended steps by the World Health Organization.

Simple steps, great value:

  1. After wetting your hands with water then soap, start rubbing your palms against each other.
  2. Use your right palm against left dorsum while fingers interlaced and vice versa
  3. Finger interlacing of both palmar sides.
  4. Back of fingers to opposing palms while fingers are interlocked.
  5. With your right palm, rub around your left thumb and vice versa.
  6. then rub your fingertips of right hand in a rotational movement against the opposite palm then repeate for the other hand.
  7. Dry your hands thouroughly using clean towel then close the tab using disposable tissue or towel.

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    Indeed following these simple steps would contribute greatly to the collective efforts exerted by healthcare providers every where to ensure the will-being of the society. Although it is a very basic issue, it is being underestimated on so many levels. Doctors on top of the healthcare pyramid bear the responsibility to be trusted role models for the public. Ordinary people as food providers and young students have also their crucial roles to play in this matter. Raising awareness among these sec...
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    This is awesome, Mahmoud AbdelAziz . I would like to echo Jennifer Winter 's statement that handwashing is a very important aseptic tool. It is our responsibility as doctors to lead in preventing disease trasmission by keeping the hands and nails clean with each consult. We must remember that our hands can be a mode of transmi...
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    People tend to overlook the importance of proper hand washing. I would like to emphasize on the word "proper" as some people just pass their hands under running water and call that washing their hands. It is not just important for health care professionals, as we above all should be very wary on the importance of this, but more of for the general public. It will cut down disease transmission tremendously if people would only wash their hands properly. Here in the Philippines not all re...
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    Handwashing is like a "do-it-yourself" vaccine, you can do this 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. Harmful bacteria such as E. coli, Salmonella and Staphylococcus aureus and viruses live between those fingernails with improper handwashing technique.

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