Proper hand washing
Steps for proper handwashing include:
- Take off any jewelry
- Hold your hands pointing down under warm water for 15 to 30 seconds. Clean under your nails also
- Rinse well
- Dry with a clean towel
Proper handwashing is the best way to avoid spreading germs to help prevent infection.
Debra G. Wechter, MD, FACS, General Surgery practice specializing in breast cancer, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, Washington. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.