Preventing the Spread of Germs With Good Hand Hygiene

Practicing Good Hand Hygiene

Most people know that washing your hands plays an integral role when it comes to preventing the spread of germs and bacteria. This is because unwashed hands can transfer germs to communal objects like doorknobs and countertops. When they aren’t washed off, they continue to transfer from person to person, increasing the potential for them to fall ill.

The health experts at Ridgecrest regional Hospital are here to share some tips that’ll help keep you and the members of our community safe through better hand hygiene habits.

How to Wash Your Hands

Along with leading a healthy lifestyle, washing your hands is key when it comes to preventing the spread of diarrheal and respiratory illness. However, washing your hands is only effective against these microscopic invaders when done properly.In fact, very few people actually wash their hands using soap—which is responsible for removing germs and bacteria from your hands.

  • When washing your hands, be sure to follow these steps every time:
  • Wet your hands with clean water.
  • Lather your hands with hand soap.
  • Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds.
  • Rinse your hands with clean water.
  • Dry your hands with a clean hand towel.

How to Use Hand Sanitizer

When soap and water aren’t available, using alcohol-based hand sanitizer is a viable alternative. When picking out a hand sanitizer, be sure to check the label to make sure it is at elast 60% alcohol.

Along with checking your specific sanitizer for instruction, follow these tips to use it effectively:

  • Apply the sanitizer to the palm of your hand.
  • Rub the product into your hands, being sure to get all surfaces.
  • Continue rubbing until the sanitizer is dry to the touch.

Primary Care in Ridgecrest, California

At Ridgecrest Regional Hospital, our team of highly trained and experienced family physicians and internists is dedicated to providing healthcare services to patients of all ages in Ridgecrest and surrounding areas.

 

To learn more about our primary care services or schedule an appointment, visit our website or give us a call at (760) 446-3551 (Mon-Fri 8 AM-4:30 PM).