Hand Washing
Karishma Kulkarni*, Nikhil Thatte*, Rucha Shelgikar*, Ira Shah**
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Hand Washing - Patient Education
Hands should be washed frequently with soap and water / alcohol based hand rubs/ antiseptic hand wash and thoroughly dried preferably using disposable tissue/ paper/ towel, especially:

• After contact with respiratory secretions or such contaminated surfaces.
• Any activity that involves hand to face contact such as eating/ normal grooming / smoking etc.

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare of India recommends the following technique to wash hands:

Step 1. Wash palms and fingers.
Wash palms and fingers.

Step 2. Wash back of hands.
Wash back of hands.

Step 3. Wash fingers and knuckles.
Wash fingers and knuckles.

Step 4. Wash thumbs.
 Wash thumbs.

Step 5. Wash fingertips.
Wash fingertips.

Step 6. Wash wrists.
Wash wrists.



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