Hand Washing or Hand Sanitiser Instructions | Northland DHB

Hand Washing or Hand Sanitiser Instructions

How to wash your hands

Wash often. Use soap. 20 seconds. Then dry. This kills germs and COVID-19 by bursting its protective bubble.

  • Wet hands with running water (turn the tap off)
  • Apply enough soap to cover wet hands.
  • Rub all surfaces of the hands — including the back of hands, between fingers and under nails — for at least 20 seconds.
  • Rinse thoroughly with running water.
  • Dry hands with a clean cloth, single-use towel or air dry. Drying your hands is as important as washing your hands.

Duration of this entire procedure (40 to 60 seconds - or long enough to sing Happy Birthday twice)

How to use hand sanitiser

  • Apply one squirt of hand rub in a cupped hand.
  • Rub hands palm to palm, up to and including your wrists.
  • Rub your right palm over the back of your left hand with linked fingers and vice versa.
  • Rub palm to palm with fingers linked.
  • Rub the backs of your fingers to opposing palms with fingers interlocked.
  • Rub around your left thumb held in your right palm and vice versa.
  • Rub around firmly the closed fingers of your right hand in your left palm and vice versa.
  • Once dry, your hands are safe.

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