This blog is the fifth in an education series about how to maintain a healthy lifestyle while following the Stay-at-Home order. Healthy Living blogs will be released each Wednesday and will be made available at www.perrymemorial.org/healthyliving.
Clean hands count!
Handwashing is a lifesaver in preventing infections and the spread of infections. Healthcare workers may wash their hands as many as 100 times in a 12-hour shift depending upon the number of patients and intensity of their care. No matter where you work or whether you are at home, or out and about in the community, good handwashing with soap and water or with an alcohol-based sanitizer can protect you and your family from infection. Prevention is the key!
When to wash your hands
Wash your hands...
before touching your face or your child
before and after handling or eating food
before and after using the bathroom or changing diapers
after sneezing, blowing your nose, or coughing
before and after touching a wound
after touching your cellphone, pumping gas, etc.
after touching public doors, counters, or tables
frequently throughout the day no matter what you are doing
How to wash your hands using soap and water
wet your hands with warm water
add soap and rub hands together vigorously: front to back, between fingers, over the top and over the palm of hands, and under the fingernails
rub your hands for at least 20 seconds, and don't forget your thumbs!
rinse for 10 seconds and dry with a clean towel / paper towel
turn off water using the towel
(discard the paper towel)
How to wash your hands using hand sanitizer
squirt a small amount of sanitizer onto your hand
rub your hands together vigorously: front to back, between fingers, over the top and over the palm of hands, and under the fingernails
rub your hands until the sanitizer is dry
do not touch anything until your hands are completely dry
Congratulations to Deb Nissen, who has been selected as our July Employee of the Month!
Deb has been a nurse for 30 years, and now works as the Chronic Care Management nurse in the Family Health Clinic. “For some it means finding a way for them to remember to take their medications and help arrange transportation to the doctor,” Deb explained. “Other patients simply need a cheerleader. Most every patient at some time just needs someone to listen...”
For Deb, a good day at Perry happens when “we can find resources and solve a problem for a patient so they can be successful in managing their care.” She was chosen as Employee of the Month for exactly that reason. “Deb worked on her own through a long process to find a medication for a patient that actually worked. It cost $600+ (after insurance) but Deb found it for $24.”
Great job, Deb! Thank you for exemplifying our Perry Way values and putting a patient first!