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Proper hand washing

Steps for proper hand washing include:

  • Take off any jewelry.
  • Hold your hands pointing down under warm water for 15 to 30 seconds.
  • Clean under your nails.
  • Rinse well.
  • Dry with a clean towel.

Proper hand washing is the best way to avoid spreading germs to help prevent infection.


Review Date: 6/27/2010
Reviewed By: 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.
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