The seven step guide to hand washing

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Keeping hands clean is one of the most important steps you can take to prevent the spreading of germs.

The National institute of Health and Care Excellence has pointed out that one in 16 people being treated on the NHS pick up a hospital acquired infection. Whether you are visiting or caring for patients in hospital, or in the home, the seven step guide of hand-washing should always be observed.

Getting started

Hands should be wet under running warm water and soap dispensed into cupped hands if running warm water is not available alcohol hand rub, gel or foam should be used. Hand washing should take 40-60 seconds.

Seven step guide

  1. Rub palms together
  2. Rub the backs of both hands 
  3. Interlace fingers and rub hands together
  4. Interlock fingers and rub the backs of fingers of both hands
  5. Rub thumb in a rotating manner followed by the area between index finger and thumb for both hands
  6. Rub fingertips on palm for both hand
  7. Rub both wrists in a rotating manner

If you prefer to add a little flair to your hand washing process why not check out this nursing trainer in Northern Ireland, who with a little help from Taylor Swift’s ‘Shake it off’ helps you remember the seven steps in no time.

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