Let’s wash our hands effectively in International Infection Prevention Week

Sidra Medical and Research Center is proud to support International Infection Prevention Week (IIPW), which occurs globally October 18-24. Infection prevention is a vital part of any clinical setting but this is also something that can be practiced at home in order to keep germs at bay. The best way to help stop the spread of infections is by cleaning your hands and asking everyone around you to do the same. Hand hygiene can be critical in saving lives.

To celebrate International Infection Prevention Week, we’ve got some advice on how to wash your hands effectively from Val Harmon, Infection Prevention and Control Manager at Sidra. Effective hand washing is a vital way to prevent the spread of infection and bacteria such as MRSA, Clostridium difficile, Salmonella and the flu virus so here are some top tips on best practice:

  1. Remove all jewelry and watches before washing
  2. Wet hands with water and apply enough soap to cover all hand surfaces
  3. Rub hands palm to palm
  4. Put your right palm over the back of the other hand with interlaced fingers and vice versa
  5. Rub palm to palm with fingers interlaced
  6. Put the back of your fingers to opposing palms with fingers interlocked
  7. Do rotational rubbing of left thumb clasped in right palm and vice versa
  8. Do rotational rubbing backwards and forwards with clasped fingers of right hand in left palm and vice versa
  9. Rinse hands with water
  10. Dry thoroughly with a towel
  11. Use elbow to turn off tap
  12. Steps 3 – 8 should take at least 15 seconds

To watch a demonstration on best practice in hand-washing, click here to watch a video from the World Health Organization.