Help keep patients healthy with timely handwashing tips

Observed in early December, National Hand Washing Week offers an opportunity for medical practitioners and their communicator colleagues to keep illness from spreading.

Shopping, sneezing, sharing seasonal snacks.

Early December presents myriad scenarios for picking up and spreading bacteria via your increasingly busy fingers.

National Hand Washing Week, observed the first full week of this holiday-filled month, is the perfect time for medical practitioners and health care communicators to remind people—kids especially—about the importance of washing their hands.

The Henry the Hand Foundation was created to spread the word about the “Four Principles of Hand Awareness”:

  • Wash your hands whenever they are dirty and before eating
  • Do not sneeze or cough into your hands
  • Never put your fingers in your eyes, nose or mouth

One important area to highlight is the “T-Zone.” It’s the part of your face that is made up of the forehead, nose, chin and the area around the mouth—shaped like the letter T.

The T-Zone is the portal of entry into the human body for respiratory infections such as the flu, adeno virus, RSV, the common cold, conjunctivitis, pharyngitis, tonsillitis, bronchitis, bronchiolitis, pneumonia, Coxsackie virus, Streptococcus, Pneumoccous, TB and more.

For more information to share about the hows and whys of washing hands, check out this infographic.

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