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Hand Hygiene

The most effective and easiest way to prevent sepsis is to practice good hygiene. Washing hands frequently with soap and warm water can prevent the spread of infectious agents. It is important to ensure that you are rubbing your hands together to lather the soap for at least 20 seconds or approximately the amount of time it takes for you to sing your ABCs. Be sure to wash the front and back of your hands and don’t forget between your fingers and under your nails too. When turning off the tap, use a paper towel to prevent re-contaminating your hands. In a public washroom, use paper towel to open the door when leaving. Hand-washing will help not only yourself stay healthy, but it will also protect others around you by preventing the spread of germs. In the case that soap and water are not available, alcohol-based hand sanitizer can be used as a substitute.

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