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Show us your clean hands!

Save a life: Wash your hands, plus the 9 times you should always be washing your hands

Clean hands save lives. Today is World Hand Hygiene Day and to celebrate, staff at Norton Women’s & Children’s Hospital are showing their clean hands and sharing why hand hygiene is important to them.

  “We are modeling healthy behaviors, attempting to make our community safer!”
– Jackie Beach, R.N., and Emily Lowry, R.N., mother-baby unit
   “Hand Hygiene is important to me because it’s a great way to prevent germs and infections.”
– Stephanie Jackson, coordinator, Neurology St. Matthews
   “We want to reach our goal of zero patients harmed through hand hygiene.”
Pre-admission testing department: Jennifer Thomas, APRN; Shannon Allen; Jessica Jansing, R.N.; Kim Phelps, R.N.
   “Participation in hand hygiene is the most important thing we can do to protect our patients and each other.”
Frances Johnson, PCA, mother-baby unit
   “We must protect ourselves and our patients from infections.”
Kendra Henderson, medical assistant, Norton Surgical Specialist – St. Matthews

Good hand hygiene isn’t just for health care workers — it’s for everyone. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers these recommendations for when you should wash your hands:

  • Before, during and after preparing food
  • Before eating food
  • Before and after caring for someone who is sick
  • Before and after treating a cut or wound
  • After using the toilet
  • After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet
  • After blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing
  • After touching an animal, animal food or treats, or animal waste
  • After touching garbage

When washing your hands, be sure to scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds and dry with a clean towel or air dry them.

Keeping one another safe and germ-free is in everyone’s hands. Wash your hands today and every day. You might just save a life.



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