Why is this week so important?
The goal of National Handwashing Awareness Week is to decrease the spread of the flu and other infectious diseases by bringing awareness to the importance of good hand hygiene.
Scientists have known for more than 100 years that handwashing helps prevent infection. Yet, study after study shows that more than half of all healthcare workers fail to wash their hands as often as (or as well as) they should.
What makes handwashing so challenging?
InTheKnow, a company focused on caregiver training, recently asked nearly 500 caregivers over a two-week period, “What makes it so
challenging to follow proper handwashing procedures?” Here’s what they told us:
57% said there were no clean towels or paper towels available to dry hands after washing.
38% said there was no soap available to wash their hands.
29% said there was no proper sink or clean water.
23% said they didn’t have any hand sanitizer to clean hands as needed.
A majority of caregivers polled in this survey care for clients in home care settings.
It’s a fact…80% of all infectious diseases are spread by hands.
What can you do?
You can help yourself, those you work with, and your loved ones stay healthy by washing your hands often, especially during these key times when you are likely to get and spread germs:
Follow Five Steps to Wash Your Hands the Right Way
Washing your hands is easy, and it’s one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of germs. Clean hands can stop germs from spreading from one person to another and throughout an entire community—from your home and workplace to childcare facilities and hospitals.
Follow these five steps every time.
Again, 80% of all infectious diseases are spread by hands.
Make hand washing a habit for healthy living!
Ramona Hunt, M.S.
Director of Leadership and Development
Touching Hearts, Inc.
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