Good handwashing is key to preventing infections in healthcare settings. This goes for providers and patients alike.
It is also one of the best strategies for preventing diarrheal diseases, acute respiratory infections, intestinal parasites and skin and eye infections. Handwashing is most critical after using the washroom or wiping a child’s bottom and before preparing food. Making handwashing a regular habit throughout the day could potentially save many lives.
The World Health Organization distinguishes between two hand cleaning processes: washing and disinfection. The following graphics are a step-by-step guide to ensuring proper cleaning.