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Student Grayson Murphy demonstrates how to properly wash his hands.

Student Grayson Murphy demonstrates how to properly wash his hands.

Student Grayson Murphy demonstrates how to properly wash his hands.

Hunter Dupree, Staff Writer

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“Handwashing. Handwashing. Handwashing.”

That’s the phrase nursing teacher, Kelly Cole has always said.

Did you know that washing your hands is the number one way to prevent the spread of infection? Even if you did know that, your probably don’t know the correct way to wash your hands. It’s not as easy as you think! Don’t worry, most people aren’t familiar with the correct steps.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention steps for hand washing are as follows:

  1. Turn on water.
  2. Wet hands.
  3. Apply liquid soap to hands.
  4. Rub hands together using friction.
  5. Interlace fingers pointing downwards.
  6. Wash all surfaces of hands and wrists with liquid soap.
  7. Rinse hands thoroughly under running water with fingers pointed downwards.
  8. Dry hands on clean paper towels.
  9. Turn off faucet with a clean dry paper towel (Don’t use a previously used paper towel to turn it off!!!).
  10. Discard paper towel in trash.

Does this sound familiar? Although it may seem simple, missing just one of these steps has potential to cause disease.

Infection control is the most important aspect of a hospital setting. Using precautions like gowns, gloves, shoe-covers and washing your hands can stop infection in its tracks.

In the healthcare field, there’s something known as the “Chain of Infection.” This idea represents the ways infection can get into and out of the body. It starts with the agent itself. The infectious agent then finds a reservoir, or a home, in a dark warm and moist environment. It then finds a portal of exit, where it escapes it’s host to find a new one. Its mode of transmission can be one of many different things, such as through the air or direct contact. After transmitting, it finds a portal of entry to its new susceptible host.

This chain can easily be broken by washing your hands properly. You should use warm water, and was for at least one minute. If you have trouble keeping the time, you can sing the “Happy Birthday” song twice!

It’s time for us to take a stand and say “NO” to infection.

 

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