How do I practice safe hand hygiene?

Regular and consistent hand washing is crucial to help prevent the spread of infection. Follow the steps below to perform a good hand wash:

  1. Moisten your hands with warm, running water.

  2. Apply enough soap to produce lather.

  3. Vigorously rub all hand surfaces together for a minimum of 20 seconds.

  4. Rinse hands under warm, running water.

  5. Dry hands thoroughly using paper towels.

  6. Use a paper to turn off the faucet.

Note: Soap and water are not always available, but it’s important to prepare for times like these by keeping an antiseptic hand rub in your car, desk, or purse. Spread thoroughly over your hands and rub until dry.