Hand Washing

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DEFINITION OF HANDWASHING:
A fundamental part of standard precaution procedures and disease control for dental personnel; helps reduce or prevent infection and transmittal of microbes among people and objects; for regular dental procedures, liquid soap and water is sufficient but for surgical procedures, antimicrobial cleansers should be used.

A study in Psychological Science suggests that, to get doctors to wash their hands more regularly, hospitals could appeal to their sympathies, changing the message from “wash your hands to protect yourself” to “wash your hands to protect your patients.” The study compared the effectiveness of those slogans when posted in hospitals. The patient-focused sign was associated with a 33 percent increase in the use of soap and disinfectant over two weeks, Anahad O’Connor reports on the New York Times Well blog.

Who should wash their hands?
Everyone should wash their hands. This is especially important for people who handle food or work in the medical field. It is also important for the general public to practice washing your hands. Washing your hands is an excellent exercise to avoid and infections or diseases. The purpose of hand washing in the medical field is to remove pathogenic microorganisms (germs) and avoid transmitting them. There are two ways has in to wash your hands. You can use soap and water or you can use antiseptic. This kills germs. The preferred way to keep your hands clean and free of germs is to use soap and water. Medical hand washing became mandatory after “Hungarian physician Ignaz Semmelweis” discovered its effectiveness in preventing disease in a hospital environment. Kids also need to keep her hands cleans its good for parents to encourage them to do so.

Diseases or infections from not washing your hands?
Some diseases you can get from not washing your hands:
* Tuberculosis
* Hepatitis
* Herpes
* Rhinovirus
* Fungus

The main medical purpose of washing hands is to cleanse the hands of pathogens and chemicals which can cause harm or disease (airborne precautions, droplet precautions, standard precaution.) hand washing is a huge part in infection control.

Where you should wash your hands?
* At home
* In the bathroom
* At a restaurant
* At a hospital

When to wash your hands?
As you touch people, surfaces and objects throughout the day, you accumulate germs on your hands; you infect yourself with these germs by touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Although it is impossible to keep your hands germ free, washing your hands frequently can help limit bacteria, viruses and other microbes. Always wash your hands before:

* Preparing food
* Eating
* Treating wounds or giving medicine
* Touching a sick or injured person
* Inserting or removing contact lenses
Always wash your hands after: * Preparing food, especially raw meat or poultry
* Using the toilet
* Changing a diaper
* Touching an animal or animal toys, leashes or waste
* Blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing into your hands * Treating wounds
* Touching a sick or injured person
* Anytime they look dirty

How to wash your hands?
It's generally best to wash your hands with soap and water. Follow these simple steps: * Wet your hands with running water.
* Apply liquid, bar or powder soap.
* Lather well.
* Rub your hands vigorously for at least 20 seconds. Remember to scrub all surfaces, including the backs of your hands, wrists, between your fingers and under your fingernails. If there is debris under fingernails, a bristle brush may be used to remove it. * Rinse well.

* Dry your hands with a clean or disposable towel or air dryer. If possible, use your towel to turn off the faucet.

What you should use to wash your hands?
Soap and water
Conventionally, the use of soap and warm running water and the washing of all surfaces thoroughly, including under...
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