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Preventing Germs

Hand-washing Tips

Frequent hand washing can reduce your risk of spreading or contracting bacteria and viruses that cause colds and the flu. You should wash your hands often throughout the day and especiallyAn Ounce of Prevention keeps the germs away

  • After sneezing or blowing your nose or helping a child blow his nose
  • After being in contact with someone who is ill
  • After using the bathroom
  • Before preparing and eating food
  • Before treating a cut or wound
  • After changing a diaper or helping a child use the bathroom
  • After handling raw meats, poultry, or eggs

An alcohol-based hand cleaner can also be used if soap and water are not available. Be sure to cover all surfaces of your hands and rub until dry. The alcohol in the cleaner kills germs that cause the flu.
Steps for Proper Hand-washing

  1. Wet your hands with warm water.
  2. Add soap and rub hands together vigorously for 20 seconds. Make sure to scrub all surfaces of the hands and fingers including the fingernails.
  3. Rinse thoroughly.
  4. Dry with a clean paper towel.
  5. Turn off the faucet with a paper towel.


Mrs. Jane Celine
Nursing Department
Gulf Medical College Hospital and Research Centre Ajman


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