June is National Safety Month

June is National Safety Month. Scott & White will be publishing information both internally for staff, as well as externally for patients, tips and information about effective handwashing, summer safety, distracted driving and waste management.

Even though flu season is behind us, it’s still vital that we remember the importance of handwashing in reducing germs. Here are some tips to remember for effective handwashing:

  • Most hand washing habits are learned within the first 10 years of life.  Help teach children to wash their hands for the correct amount of time by singing the complete alphabet song one time or “Happy Birthday” two times while washing.
  • When using a hand sanitizer correctly, it usually takes 10-20 seconds. Depending upon the specific product, apply a nickel- to quarter-sized portion of alcohol-based hand rub and cover all surfaces of the hands, including in between fingers. Be sure to rub it in completely and let your hands dry before resuming work.  Choose a rub containing 60 – 95 percent isopropanol, ethanol or n-propanol and 1 – 3 percent glycerol or other emollients.
  • When washing with soap and water, apply enough soap necessary to cover the surface.  Rub over the entire hand, including in between fingers, your thumbs and wrists for 40 – 60 seconds.  Warm water is best.  Avoid using hot water, as repeated exposure to hot water may increase the risk of dermatitis.  Be sure to dry hands thoroughly with a paper towel.  Use the towel to turn off the water and open the door leading out of the rest room before disposing of it.
  • Inside or outside of work, always wash your hands before:
    • Preparing food
    • Eating
    • Treating wounds or giving medicine
    • Touching a sick or injured person
    • Inserting or removing contact lenses
  • Always wash your hands after:
    • Preparing food, especially raw meat or poultry
    • Using the toilet
    • Changing a diaper
    • Touching an animal or animal toys, leashes or waste
    • Blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing into your hands
    • Treating wounds
    • Touching a sick or injured person
    • Handling garbage or something that could be contaminated, such as a cleaning cloth or soiled shoes

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June is National Safety Month