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Basic tips on handwashing and stopping the spread of germs

Basic tips on handwashing and stopping the spread of germs

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  • Infection Prevention How to prevent the spread of infection-causing germs
  • How are germs spread?
    • Germs are released into the air when you sneeze or cough
  • Prevent the Spread
    • To prevent the spread of infection
      • Turn away from other people before sneezing or coughing
      • Sneeze or cough into your sleeve making sure to completely cover your mouth and nose
      • If you have to cough or sneeze into your hands try to use a tissue. Throw away tissue immediately after use.
      • Always wash your hands after coughing or sneezing
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  • YOUR MOTHER WAS RIGHT
    • Cleaning your hands is the
    • BEST PROTECTION
    • against the spread of germs and infection
    Clean Your Hands!
  • Use Soap and Water
    • When hands are visibly soiled
    • Before preparing food or eating
    • Before and after touching your mouth, nose or eyes
    • After contact with blood or bodily fluids
    • After using the restroom
    • After touching animals or pets
  • Washing with Soap and Water
    • Adjust water to desired temperature
    • Moisten hands with soap and water
    • Wash well under running water for a minimum of 15 seconds, using a rotary motion and friction
    • Rinse hands well under running water
    • Turn off faucet with paper towel and discard
    • Dry hands with a clean paper towel and discard
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  • Use Alcohol Based Hand Gels
    • For routine hand cleaning only if your hands are not visibly soiled
    • After contact with another persons intact skin (i.e. shaking hands)
    • After contact with inanimate objects (i.e. telephone, door knob)
    • HOW TO DO IT RIGHT
  • Soap and Water
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  • Alcohol Based Hand Gel
    • Dispense enough gel to thoroughly wet both of your hands
    • Briskly rub hands together,making sure to cover all surfaces, for a MINIMUM of 15 seconds
    • Allow gel to fully dry after applying it, especially before touching any potential source of electrostatic discharge (i.e. light switch )
  • Protect Your Skin
    • Your skin is your first line of defense against germs
    • After cleaning your hands, apply moisturizing lotion to prevent your hands from becoming dry and cracked.
    • Dry, cracked hands can breakdown your defenses
    • Lotion, lotion, lotion!
  • Disinfect Germ “Hot-Spots”
    • Take these following steps to make sure your home is a healthy, germ & infection free sanctuary
  • Disinfect commonly touched hard surfaces in your home like…
  • COUNTERTOPS
  • DOOR HANDLES
  • SINKS
  • TABLETOPS
  • TELEPHONES
  • TV REMOTES
  • Use your disinfectants correctly
    • Products such as wipes and sprays that are labeled “disinfectant” are designed to kill a broad spectrum of harmful bacteria and viruses that other cleaners cannot.
    • Follow the directions on your disinfectant’s label to maximize the benefits
  • Clean the right way
    • Use a clean, dry cloth or paper towel to clean and dry all surfaces
    • Wiping surfaces with a dirty dishcloth, sponge, or towel will only spread germs
  • Moms can be wrong
    • Sometimes NOT sharing is the way to go!
  • Now be nice and don’t share
    • Never share:
      • Toothbrushes
      • Combs
      • Drinking glasses
      • Utensils
      • Razor blades
      • Face cloths
      • Bath towels
    • Germs can be passed from person to person on these personal items
  • THE END!