Although the WHO’s World Health Day was yesterday, it is still National Public Health Week! The theme for this year’s World Health Day was handwashing and food safety. It’s very important to ensure that our food is safe from the time it leaves the farm to the time we eat it. Help us raise awareness about the importance of healthy hand hygiene and handwashing to keep the food we eat clean and safe!
To learn more about World Health Day, visit Global Public-Private Partnership for Handwashing’s website and join their webinar here.
Yes handwashing is the gold standard, BUT if soap and water are not available, then we should use the SaniTwice® technique to our hands? You know the usual times and others are:
- After petting any animals. Petting zoos in particular are a haven for new germs. No water, then SaniTwice®and you are safe.
- Before cooking, handling food, and beginning to prepare a meal when camping, food trucks, festivals, traveling.
If soap and water aren’t readily available, then you should clean your hands with sanitizer. Using the SaniTwice®method, you can clean your hands just as effectively as washing them with soap and water. To learn more about SaniTwice® and to download our SaniTwice® poster, visit our website here .
If soap and water are not available, how do we properly SaniTwice® our hands?
- Apply a double dose of sanitizer rubbing all surfaces of your hands.
- Rub your hands vigorously, scrubbing all surfaces including the back of your hands, wrists, between your fingers, and under your fingernails 15-30 seconds.
- While your hands are still wet with the sanitizer, use a dry paper towel to wipe all surfaces of your hands to remove the sanitizer. Paper towels have been shown to remove additional loosely attached germs.
- Apply more sanitizer to your hands, repeating step two, and then letting your hands air dry to complete the “kill” for any remaining germs.
Infection Prevention is Everybody’s Business!
Thank you for helping to “Spread the Word not the Germs”!
Dr. Will Sawyer