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Hand Hygiene Basics

Learn the two best techniques to keep hands clean and germ-free. Video courtesy of Le Bonheur Children's Hospital.

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Washing your hands is a most important way to keep from getting sick from the bacteria and viruses that we encounter in everyday life. There's two ways I want you to think about keeping your hands clean. The first is using an alcohol-based hand gel. This can come in little packets. It can come in the hospital in these big dispensers. And what you wanna do is take this alcohol, rub it evenly over all surface of your hands and allow it five seconds to dry. This will kill any bugs that happen to get on you that you've picked up from your mouth or from touching objects that other people have come into contact with. The second way is good old soap and water. If you're gonna use soap and water, I want you to think about two things. The first is, we're gonna get our hands underneath and we're gonna mechanically rub to try to-- to try to get that grime and dirt off. We're gonna apply some soap, and we're gonna spend 30 seconds rubbing that in on all surfaces, and then rubbing it back off under the stream of water. You wanna do this for 15 to 30 seconds. And make sure you get them all those nooks and crannies. Kids, if you wanna make, you know, figure out how long you're gonna be doing this, do something like, let's recite the alphabet while we're washing our hands. Let's sing Mary Had a Little Lamb. Let's make sure we get that done thoroughly. This is how you prevent-- keep yourself well, keep from getting sick, keep all those daily viruses and germs off you.