"Wash your hands" How many dozens of times have you heard this? Did you stop listening to what may sound like a broken record? I ask you now to please take a minute to reflect on the real impact that unsanitary hands can have on you, your patients, and your family. MRSA infections are on the rise outside of hospitals and it is more important than ever to be diligent about hand washing. Here's a refresher for you:
Your skin constantly makes oil that stay on the surface. Germs stick to your skin by getting trapped in the oil. That is why it's important to use soap and water or an alcohol based hand sanitizer. Sanitizing gel is acceptable to use if you hands are not visibly soiled.
When to wash in the clinical setting:
When to wash in the home setting:
How you do it makes a difference!
There is no time like now to renew good habits. Let's all make it a priority to protect ourselves, our families and our patients with a personal commitment to consistently clean hands.
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