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Title: Hand Hygiene: Preventing the spread of germs and illness


1
Hand Hygiene Preventing the spread of germs and
illness
2
Hand Hygiene
  • According to the CDC, scientists estimate that
    people are not washing their hands often enough
    nor well enough
  • Up to 80 of all infections may be transmitted
    by hands.
  • Hand washing is proven to be effective in
    decreasing the spread of infections caused by
    viruses and bacteria

3
Hand Hygiene Quiz
  • True or False
  • A persons hands are the most common transmitters
    of disease.
  • You can see infectious microorganisms if you look
    carefully.
  • Wearing gloves is the single most important way
    to prevent the spread of infection.
  • If infectious materials get on you, the sooner
    you wash it off the less chance you have of
    becoming infected.
  • You dont need to wash your hands while you are
    caring for only one student

4
Hand Hygiene Answers
  • Answer guide
  • A persons hands are the most common transmitters
    of disease. (T)
  • You can see infectious microorganisms if you look
    carefully. (F)
  • Wearing gloves is the single most important way
    to prevent the spread of infection. (F)
  • If infectious materials get on you, the sooner
    you wash it off the less chance you have of
    becoming infected. (T)
  • You dont need to wash your hands while you are
    caring for only one student (F)

5
  • Hand washing is the
  • single
  • most effective strategy
  • for reducing
  • the spread
  • of germs.

6
Hand Washing
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water,
    especially after you cough or sneeze.
  • Alcohol based hand cleaners (gt60) are also
    effective.

7
When to Wash Your Hands
  • After blowing your nose
  • After using the bathroom
  • If you have been near someone who is sick
  • Before/after preparing food
  • Upon entering your home

8
Effective Hand Washing
  • Wet hands with water
  • 2. Rub vigorously with soap for 10-15 seconds.
    Friction helps remove dirt and germs
  • i.e. singing Happy Birthday twice or reciting
    the ABCs
  • 3. Rinse with warm water
  • 4. Dry hands completely with a clean, dry paper
    towel

9
No Soap and Water?Hand sanitizer is a good option
  • If soap and clean water are not available, use an
    alcohol-based hand rub to clean your hands
  • Alcohol-based hand rubs significantly reduce the
    number of germs on skin and are fast-acting
  • When using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer -
  • Apply product to the palm of one hand
  • Rub hands together
  • Rub the product over all surfaces of hands and
    fingers (between fingers, too) until hands are dry

10
Why Practice Good Hygiene?
  • Helps prevent health problems
  • Helps prevent the spread of germs
  • Germs spread
  • from person to person
  • from people to things
  • from things to people
  • Helps keep you healthy
  • Helps you feel your best
  • Helps you be a good role model

11
Hand Hygiene
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you
    cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash
    after you use it.
  • Cough into your sleeves not your hands

12
Limit and Avoid Contact
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • If you are sick, stay home for 7 days after your
    symptoms begin or until you have been
    symptom-free for 24 hours, whichever is longer.
    This is to keep from infecting others and
    spreading the virus further.
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