Proper hand washing is the biggest step all individuals can take in order to prevent the spread of germs and to protect medically fragile individuals. It is the single most effective mean of preventing the spread of infection.
-Wet hands and apply soap.
-Rub hands together for at least 20 seconds and be sure to wash all surfaces including wrists palms, back of hands, between fingers, and under the nails.
-Rinse hands and pat dry with a paper towel or clean towel that is not shared with others.
-Turn off the faucet with paper towel.
Always wash hands before handling medical equipment or supplies.
Keep antibacterial soap near the doorway before visitors enter.
It’s a really good idea to print and post a hand washing guide, as a reminder to all visitors to do their part for infection control.