BayWellness Fall 2015 : Page 3
CLEAN HANDS SAVES LIVES “How often do you hear the question, did you wash your hands , or how many times a day do you say it? Probably a lot,” says family medicine physician Dr. Sandra Arango-Fahmy, D.O. But why is it so important to be hung up on lather? “As a mother of three boys this is something that is definitely close to my heart,” continues Dr. Arango-Fahmy. “Keeping hands clean through improved hand hygiene is one of the simplest yet most important steps we can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. The spread of many diseases and conditions could be controlled by washing hands with soap and clean, running wa-ter. If clean, running water is not accessible, as is common in many parts of the world, use soap and available water. If soap and water are unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol to clean hands.” “Hand washing is easy to do and it’s one of the most effec-tive ways to prevent the spread of many types of infection and illness in all settings, says Dr. Arango-Fahmy. DR. SANDRA ARANGO-FAHMY According to the Centers for Disease Control and Pre-vention (CDC), you should wash your hands: Before, during, and after preparing food Before eating food Before and after caring for someone who is sick Before and after treating a cut or wound After using the toilet After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste After touching garbage What’s the best way to wash hands? 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 – be sure to 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. “Hand washing is easy to do and it’s one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of many types of infection and illness in all settings, from your home and workplace to child care facilities and hospitals,” says Dr. Arango-Fahmy. “Clean hands can help stop germs from spreading from one person to another and through-out an entire community.” Fall 2015 • • 3
Dr. Sandra Arango-Fahmy
CLEAN HANDS SAVES LIVES
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