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Wash Your Hands – National Infection Prevention Week

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CleanHands_Page_1As we celebrate National Infection Prevention Week we want to take a moment and remind everyone of the importance of always washing your hands.

Keeping your hands clean is the number one way to prevent the spread of infection. Clean your hands after using the bathroom; after sneezing, blowing your nose, or coughing; before eating; when visiting someone who is sick; or whenever your hands are dirty.

Hand washing: Do it right!
Wash your hands, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Be sure to lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them, and use a paper towel to turn off the faucet, and then throw it away.

CLICK HERE for more tips and information on the importance of washing your hands. Thank you to the Association for Professionals in Infection Control.

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