It's simple...clean hands are better

Cleaning your hands is one of the best ways to stop the spread of germs. It's easy, too. Hand washing should be done regularly, using soap and water. Hand sanitizer can also help keep hands clean.

At Gundersen Health System, we are committed to having clean hands during care for our patients. If people caring for you do not clean their hands in front of you, please ask them to do to so.

Cleaning your hands during these times will help you stay healthy:

  • Before, during and after preparing food
  • Before eating food
  • Before and after caring for someone who is sick
  • Before and after treating a cut or wound
  • After blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing
  • After using the toilet
  • After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet
  • After touching an animal, animal feed or animal waste
  • After handling pet food or pet treats
  • After touching garbage
  • (Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

Simple steps to washing your hands well:

  • Adjust water temperature and wet hands with running water
  • Apply one to two pumps of soap
  • Rub hands together covering all surfaces of the hands and fingers
  • Rinse well under running water
  • Pat hands dry with paper toweling
  • Turn off faucet with the towel

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