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.
Last reviewed 6/27/2010 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.
- Call 911 for all medical emergencies.