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  Hand Washing Program
Routine bathing and hand washing have a direct influence on the microflora of the stratum corneum and determine the kinds and amount of microorganisms that remain or are dispersed with the dead cell fragments.
Hands may become dry and irritated with frequent hand washing, and therefore there is a tendency for personnel to want to use hand lotions.
While a hand washing sink in the restroom is required by the plumbing code, the kitchen hand sink at the entrance to the kitchen is the critical control area for pathogen removal.
www.sproutnet.com /Reports/safe_hands.htm   (10280 words)

  
  Hand washing - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Hand washing is the act of cleansing the hands with water or other liquid, with or without the use of soap or other detergents, for the purpose of removing soil or microorganisms.
The purpose of hand washing in the health care setting is to remove or destroy (disinfect) pathogenic microrganisms ("germs" in common parlance) to avoid transmitting them to a patient.
The proper washing of hands in a medical setting generally consists of the use of generous amounts of soap and water to lather and rub each part of ones hands systematically.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Hand_washing   (814 words)

  
 Washing Food: Does it Promote Food Safety?
Hand washing after handling raw meat or poultry or its packaging is a necessity because anything you touch afterwards could become contaminated.
Practice good hand washing before and after handling raw foods as well as when using the bathroom, changing diapers, tending to a sick person, blowing your nose, sneezing and coughing, and after petting animals.
Washing is a routine part of commercial egg processing and the eggs do not need to be washed again.
www.fsis.usda.gov /Fact_Sheets/Does_Washing_Food_Promote_Food_Safety/index.asp   (627 words)

  
 General information on hand hygiene
Hand washing is defined as the vigorous, brief rubbing together of all surfaces of lathered hands, followed by rinsing under a stream of water.
The amount of time spent washing hands is important to reduce the transmission of pathogens to other food, water, other people and inanimate objects (fomites), such as door knobs, hand railings and other frequently touched surfaces.
Hands that are visibly dirty or contaminated with organic material must be wash with soap and water, even if hand antiseptics are to be used as an adjunct measure.
www.cdc.gov /nceh/vsp/cruiselines/hand_hygiene_general.htm   (828 words)

  
 Hand washing
Effective hand washing is an essential module in food hygiene courses but not many therapists have the opportunity or inclination to study this, as unlike first aid, it would not have relevance to our continuing professional development.
Hand to hand contact is the main mode of transmission for infections such as MRSA and Clostridium (Stone 1998), it is also responsible for spreading diseases such as Salmonella, E-coli, and Hepatitis A, which in the frail elderly and with people who have compromised immunity can result in death.
Washing and toilet facilities are usually shared, with staff having to perform intimate care tasks involving hygiene and body fluids as well as general cleaning and domestic duties.
www.aromacaring.co.uk /hand_washing.htm   (1639 words)

  
 Hand washing
AMA policy encourages doctors to talk to patients, young and old, to remind them to wash hands when they are dirty and prior to eating, to avoid coughing or sneezing into hands and to keep fingers away from the eyes, nose or mouth.
Washing hands with soap prevents diarrhea, but children at the highest risk of death from diarrhea are younger than 1 year, too young to wash their own hands.
Luby said washing hands is particularly important before preparing food and eating, after using the toilet and after cleaning an infant to reduce the amount of pathogens.
www.vaccinetruth.org /hand_washing.htm   (6377 words)

  
 MOHLTC - Public Information - Public Health - Hand Washing
Hand washing, when done correctly, is the single most effective way to prevent the spread of communicable diseases.
Hand disinfection is when additional agents are used to kill germs living on your hands.
It is important to encourage and help children to wash hands before eating, after playing outdoors or playing with pets, after using the bathroom, and after blowing their noses.
www.health.gov.on.ca /english/public/program/pubhealth/handwashing/handwashing_mn.html   (674 words)

  
 Why Is Hand Washing So Important?
Hand washing is by far the best way to prevent germs from
Good hand washing is your first line of defense against the spread of many illnesses - and not just the common cold.
Demonstrate this routine to your child - or better yet, wash your hands together with your child several times a day so he or she learns how important this good habit is.
kidshealth.org /parent/general/sick/hand_washing.html   (422 words)

  
 How to Hand Washing Procedure including Video
Hand washing is the single most important method of preventing the spread of infectious diseases.
Because the virus is not airborne, proper hand washing techniques have been shown to lower the risk of contracting Avian Flu.
Hand washing is the most important step in the protection against illness.
www.healthrattle.com /cleanhands   (1615 words)

  
 Which Hand Washing Cleansers Fight Germs Best?
Whatever hand cleanser you choose, use it for at least 10 seconds and consider washing your hands a couple of times a day, just to be on the safe side, researchers suggest.
Next, their hands were covered with liquid laden with a harmless bacterium and virus.
Of the antimicrobial hand washing agents, those containing CHG were the most effective at removing bacterium, the study shows.
www.webmd.com /news/20050311/which-hand-washing-cleansers-fight-germs-best   (719 words)

  
 Hand washing: A simple way to prevent infection - MayoClinic.com
Hand washing is a simple habit — one that requires minimal training and no special equipment.
Alcohol-based hand sanitizers — which don't require water —; are an excellent alternative to hand washing, particularly when soap and water aren't available.
Wash your hands with your children and supervise their hand washing.
www.mayoclinic.com /health/hand-washing/HQ00407   (1159 words)

  
 OSH Answers: Hand Washing: Reducing the Risk of Common Infections
Hand washing is the single most effective way to prevent the spread of infections.
Ensuring that employees wash their hands properly after using the washroom is very important in reducing disease transmission of stomach "flus" (which really is not a "flu" or influenza) and other gastrointestinal infections.
In addition, waterless hand scrubs may have a drying effect on the skin and may have odours which may be irritating to some users.
www.ccohs.ca /oshanswers/diseases/washing_hands.html   (760 words)

  
 A "SAFE HANDS" HAND WASH PROGRAM FOR
While a hand washing sink in the restroom is required by the plumbing code, the kitchen hand sink at the entrance to the kitchen is the critical control area for pathogen removal.
Disinfection of the hands of surgeons and nurses.
When the ungloved hand gets dirty, it will be a signal to change the gloved hand and to wash and dry both hands before applying a clean, vinyl glove to the affected hand.
www.hi-tm.com /Documents/Safehands.html   (14349 words)

  
 Hand washing
Hand washing is the most important strategy in preventing the transmission of infection between patients.
Hands must be washed before and after any patient procedures and after activities, which may cause contamination, such as handling used instruments.
There needs to be adequate hand washing facilities to cater for all staff in the practice.
www.podboardvic.vic.gov.au /page5.html   (409 words)

  
 Hand washing Dental Assistant, The - Find Articles
Hand washing is the single, most critical measure for reducing the risk of transmitting organisms to patients and health care providers.
Hand washing is performed often throughout the day, and knowing what to use is also important.
The CDC guidelines state, "Perform hand hygiene with either a non-antimicrobial soap or antimicrobial soap and water when hands are visibly dirty or contaminated with blood or other potentially infectious material.
findarticles.com /p/articles/mi_m0MKX/is_6_74/ai_n16084654   (467 words)

  
 Hand Washing
Hand washing is your number one defense against illness.
Hand washing is considered the single most important means of preventing the spread of infection.
Ensuring that both educators and children know the correct way to wash their hands will help control the spread of upper respiratory infections like colds, coughs, or flu, and intestinal infections, including those that cause diarrhea.
www.co.westchester.ny.us /health/Hand_washing.htm   (286 words)

  
 Hand Washing  - Food Safety Fact Sheets - Boulder County Public Health
Medical doctors and local health departments advise that thoroughly washing your hands is the most important good health habit to survive the flu and cold seasons.
Once the palms and backs of hands are sudsy, scratch each palm with the opposite hand's nails and knuckles to further clean those crevices where microbes are hiding.
Dry your hands on a paper towel or with an air dryer; not on a common cotton cloth or on an apron, which will re-contaminate your cleaned hands.
www.co.boulder.co.us /health/environ/foodsafety/factsheets/handWashing.htm   (228 words)

  
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Washing hands with soap and water was able to kill viruses that cause the common cold, hepatitis A, acute gastroenteritis and other illnesses.
The researchers also tested the outcomes of people washing their hands for only 10 seconds, which is the average length of time that health care workers tend to wash their hands when busy at work.
All of the agents in the study, except the waterless and alcohol-based handwipes, were able to reduce bacteria on the hands by 90 percent.
www.mercola.com /2005/mar/23/germs_hands.htm   (1055 words)

  
 Hand washing
Hand washing often releases dye into the rinse water which robs the vibrancy of the colors of your garment.
Hand washing ties is a real labor of love, and I only do it for special friends in a pickle.
Wash in warm water with soap flakes, but be very careful not to twist the tie out of shape.
www.ktcampbell.com /domesticity/hand_wash.html   (1675 words)

  
 Hand Washing   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
Wash your hands thoroughly after using the bathroom and make sure everyone in your family does too, especially children.
Wash your hands just before eating or preparing food and immediately after touching anything that might contaminate your hands.
Hands should be washed often - more frequently than most people do.
www.stlouischildrens.org /tabid/88/itemid/982/Hand-Washing.aspx   (459 words)

  
 Anne Arundel County Department of Health - Hand Washing
Hand washing is the single most effective way to prevent the spread of diseases.
Don’t assume that children know how to wash their hands properly, guide them to develop good hand washing habits.
If your hands look dirty but you have no other way to wash your hands, use the gel but wash with soap and water as soon as you can.
www.aahealth.org /commdis_handwashing.asp   (576 words)

  
 Hand Washing & Glove Use for Food Workers - Questions and Answers
The main reason for not touching ready-to-eat foods with bare hands is to prevent viruses and bacteria which are present in your body from contaminating the food.
Viruses and bacteria are invisible to the naked eye, but may be present on your hands if you do not wash them thoroughly, particularly after using the bathroom.
Thorough hand washing is done by vigorously rubbing together the surfaces of lathered hands and arms for at least 20 seconds followed by a thorough rinse with clean water.
www.health.state.ny.us /environmental/indoors/food_safety/washing.htm   (614 words)

  
 The ABC's of hand washing to prevent disease on MedicineNet.com
However, it is still important to wash your hands to avoid illness.
It is best to wash your hands with soap and water but when water isn’t available, you can use alcohol-based products made for washing hands.
When hands are visibly dirty, they should be washed with soap and water when available.
www.medicinenet.com /script/main/art.asp?articlekey=53287   (368 words)

  
 Hand Washing
Hand washing is your number one defense against illness.
Hand washing is considered the single most important means of preventing the spread of infection.
Ensuring that both educators and children know the correct way to wash their hands will help control the spread of upper respiratory infections like colds, coughs, or flu, and intestinal infections, including those that cause diarrhea.
www.westchestergov.com /health/Hand_washing.htm   (317 words)

  
 Hand washing tips
Washing clothes by hand is like making the perfect cup of tea.
Wash the clothes with your hands for a minute or two - then rinse two or three times until the water runs clear.
Modern fabrics: Hand washing with high suds powder or liquid is suitable for most modern fabrics.
www.unilever.com /ourbrands/aroundthehouse/articles/handwashingtips.asp   (253 words)

  
 Proper Hand Washing Technique: How to Wash Your Hands Properly
In studies, washing hands with soap and water for 15 seconds (about the time it takes to sing one chorus of "Happy Birthday to You") reduces bacterial counts by about 90%.
But even people who are conscientious about washing their hands often make the mistake of not drying them properly.
Wet hands are more likely to spread germs than dry ones.
www.health.harvard.edu /press_releases/proper-hand-washing.htm   (421 words)

  
 Hand Washing
After everyone has rinsed their hands in the same container of sterile water, transfer 0.5 ml of the wash water from step 2 to the surface of the "Not washed" plate.
After everyone has rinsed their hands in the water, transfer 0.5 ml of the wash water from step 5 to the surface of the "Washed" plate.
Make a sign for your school that will encourage students who own lizards to wash their hands after handling the lizard.
www.accessexcellence.org /AE/AEC/CC/hand_activity.html   (419 words)

  
 PREVENTION: Hand Washing - HOOAH4HEALTH.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
By frequently washing your hands you wash away germs that you have picked up from other people, or from contaminated surfaces, or from animals and animal waste.
One of the most common ways people catch colds is by rubbing their nose or their eyes after their hands have been contaminated with the cold virus.
It is estimated that one out of three people do not wash their hands after using the restroom.
www.hooah4health.com /prevention/disease/handwashing.htm   (403 words)

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