October 14, 2018

Clean Hands Save Lives – 5 Steps to Cleaner Hands (Infographic)

By Cameron Raley, Infection Prevention Specialist

Have you ever stopped to think about the amount of germs that you come in contact with on a daily basis just from touching common household or everyday objects? Think about how many times a day you touch your phone. Scientists at the University of Arizona have found that cell phones carry 10 times more bacteria than most toilet seats.[1]

For every room that we walk in and out of, we touch a doorknob. According to James Steckelberg, M.D from Mayo Clinic, cold and flu viruses can survive outside of the body on an environmental surface, such as a doorknob, anywhere from a few seconds to 48 hours[2] – the list goes on. Compare that to the amount of times a day that you wash your hands after you’ve touched these items. Do they match up? Probably not.

Imagine the danger of spreading these germs everywhere you go: schools, hospitals, work, restaurants, stores, even your home. Handwashing seems like something that is second nature, but are you washing them correctly? Proper handwashing can significantly help prevent the spread of infection.

In January 2018, Mission Health facilities saw more than five times the amount of flu cases than in January 2017.[3] With the upcoming flu season swiftly approaching – here’s a tutorial to keep your hands clean and prevent the spread of germs.

Cameron Raley, MPH, CIC, is an Infection Prevention Specialist for Mission Health.

Learn more about preventing infection at missionhealth.org/infectionprevention.


[1] https://cals.arizona.edu/news/why-your-cellphone-has-more-germs-toilet

[2] Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research

[3] https://blog.mission-health.org/2018/04/04/how-bad-flu-season-numbers/