April 1, 2019

Caregiver Tip: Handwashing

How to properly wash your hands:

  1. Wet hands with water, and apply enough soap to cover the entire surface of your hands.
  2. Rub palms together.
  3. Rub right palm over top of left hand with fingers interlaced and vice versa.
  4. Rub palms together with fingers interlaced.
  5. Rub backs of fingers to opposing palms with fingers interlocked.
  6. Clasp left thumb in right palm and rotate, and vice versa.
  7. Rub each palm with fingers of opposite hand, backwards and forwards.
  8. Rinse both hands with water.
  9. Thoroughly dry hands with a paper towel.
  10. Use paper towel to turn off faucet.
  • This entire procedure should take 40- 60 seconds.

For step-by-step diagrams, visit the following page from the World Health Organization:

https://www.who.int/gpsc/5may/How_To_HandWash_Poster.pdf

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