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1 Appropriate Hand Hygiene Reduce the Risk of Getting Sick and Spreading Germs New York University Environmental Health and Safety

2 September Why Should I Wash My Hands? Hand Hygiene/Hand Washing is the single most effective method to reduce the risk of spreading germs.

3 September When Should I Wash My Hands? Before starting your day, before and after lunch, and generally, when you feel it necessary, wash with soap and water. Before starting your day, before and after lunch, and generally, when you feel it necessary, wash with soap and water. When hands are dirty, contaminated or soiled, wash with soap and water. When hands are dirty, contaminated or soiled, wash with soap and water. *Especially important after coughing, sneezing or using a tissue If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based (60% or higher) hand-rub for routine scrubbing If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based (60% or higher) hand-rub for routine scrubbing

4 September How Should I Wash My Hands? Proper Techniques for Hand Washing Step 1 Wet hands first with warm water *avoid hot water

5 September Proper Techniques for Hand Washing Step 2 Apply 3-5 ml (2 - 3 pumps) of soap to hands.

6 September Proper Techniques for Hand Washing Step 3 Rub hands together for at least 20 seconds, covering all surfaces of the hands and in- between fingers.

7 September Proper Techniques for Hand Washing Step 4 Rinse hands with water.. Step 5 Dry thoroughly using paper towels, leaving faucet on. faucet on.

8 September Proper Techniques for Hand Washing Step 6 Use a new paper towel to turn off faucet. Step 7 Discard used paper towels in trash.

9 September Remember…. Source: Source:

10 September Resources Guideline for Hand Hygiene in Health-care Settings. MMWR 2002; vol. 51, no. RR-16. /influenza/http://www.health.state.ny.us/diseases/communicable /influenza/ New York University Student Health Center New York University Environmental Health and Safety :


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