National Handwashing Awareness Week – December 5th – December 11th, 2021
During this time, we reflect on the importance of handwashing and raising awareness. Our providers practice and encourage thorough handwashing to prevents spreads of infections and diseases. What better way to learn about handwashing than from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
Washing your hands is easy, and it’s one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of germs. Clean hands can stop germs from spreading from one person to another and throughout an entire community—from your home and workplace to childcare facilities and hospitals.
Follow these five steps every time.
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. 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.
Use the resources below for proper hand hygiene at work, especially if you work in a health care setting such as a Skilled Nursing Facility, Assisted Living, Memory Care, Hospital, etc.: