Wash Your Hands!

Discussion in 'Survival Medicine' started by Motomom34, Nov 6, 2018.


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  1. Motomom34

    Motomom34 Moderator Moderator

    Sounds simple and we all have been doing it since we were children. Some of us may still be properly washing our hands. But do you? I bring this subject up because today once again the hand towel in the bathroom was dirty. A dirty cloth towel is a contaminated towel. After looking at the hand-towel, I decided to have a how to wash your hands properly conversation with the boys.And since there is a spot of what looks like engine oil, I think we also need some stronger soap options.

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    Here is how to properly wash your hands:

    Wet your hands with clean water — warm, if available — and apply soap. Lather by rubbing hands together; be sure to cover all surfaces. Continue rubbing hands together for 15 to 20 seconds — sing "Happy Birthday" twice in your head.

    I believe that people are in a hurry and they may wash their hands but it is so quickly done that the germs are not removed. Singing Happy Birthday twice takes longer then it sounds.

    Handwashing Facts and Stats
    • On average, you come into contact with 300 surfaces every 30 minutes, exposing you to 840,000 germs.
    • Only about 5% of people wash their hands correctly.
    • Most people only wash their hands for 6 seconds.
    • Around 33% of people don’t use soap when washing their hands.
    • Up to 80% of communicable diseases are transferred by touch.
    • Proper handwashing can reduce diarrhea rates by 40% and respiratory infections by close to 20%.
    • Failing to wash hands correctly contributes to nearly 50% of all foodborne illness outbreaks.
    • Only 20% of people wash their hands before preparing food, and 39% before eating food.
    • About 7% of women and 15% of men do not wash their hands at all after using the bathroom.
    • Most bacteria on our hands is on the fingertips and under the nails. The number of bacteria on our fingertips doubles after using the bathroom. Most people wash the palms of their hands and miss everything else.
    • Damp hands are 1,000x more likely to spread bacteria than dry hands. Only about 20% of people dry their hands after washing them.
    • There is fecal matter on 10% of credit cards, 14% of banknotes and 16% of cellphones.
    • Approximately 39% of people don’t wash their hands after sneezing, coughing or after blowing their nose.
    • Elevator buttons harbor 22% more bacteria than toilet seats.
    • Reminder signs are successful in encouraging more handwashing.
    • Dirty sinks result in less handwashing.
    • Handwashing rates are higher in the mornings than evenings.
    17 Handwashing Facts and Statistics

    What if you are out and about? How do you clean your hands? I really dislike pumping gas because those nozzles are filthy.Please note: hand sanitizer is not the same as washing your hands.
     
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  2. DarkLight

    DarkLight I self identify as a Blackhawk Attack Helicopter! Site Supporter

    My son (middle) washes his hands as follows, and sees nothing wrong with it when pointed out:
    1. Turn on water, warm-ish...or not. Running water is important though...apparently
    2. Pump soap onto a dry hand. Foam or not, doesn't matter, just pump that soap onto A dry hand (not both)
    3. Put hand with soap on it under the water as you begin to start to commence to proceed to rub your hands together. Evidently it is crucial to wash most, if not all of the soap off before it can come into contact with more than say, a quarter sized patch of skin
    4. Continue to F&*$ around with your hands under the running water for 15-20 seconds, "rubbing your hands together vigorously"...for some reason...no idea why
    5. "Rinse" your hands
    6. Dry your hands
    I don't get this and when I point out that he is wasting water and soap he looks at me like "You are using words that I recognize, but for the life of me I don't get putting them in that order..."

    Love him to pieces but, ugh, whatever.
     
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  3. DKR

    DKR Interesting ideas, interesting stories

    I had "Wash your hands" pounded into my noggin at the ER.

    I had a guy at work the other day asked if I was bathing.

    "Nope." I said, "Just keeping the flu away."
     
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  4. smithcp2002

    smithcp2002 Monkey++ Site Supporter++

    Question?? If you wash your hands with vodka then drink the wash, is that useful recycling?
     
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  5. sec_monkey

    sec_monkey SM Security Administrator

    nope
     
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  6. SB21

    SB21 Monkey+++

    This is a good post , especially this time of year with the Flu moving thru the country .
     
  7. arleigh

    arleigh Goophy monkey

    I worked in production on cardiac stents . before entering the clean room you washed your hands and put your gown on and then put on 3 pairs of gloves ,some of more, some less, depending on their job.
    I had no problem with that except that the machine I performed my work on was like a sand blast cabinet I had t force my hands into because the glove in the cabinet was too small on top of all the gloves I was required to wear .
    Other jobs I've had as a mechanic wearing gloves is a novel concept but not practical. it's much easier to wash hands .
    Gloves get contaminated and work gloves are not cheap latex gloves tear just picking up equipment . If your dealing with sharp things that are contaminated those work gloves became sacrificial /disposable .
    But working on equipment it's just not practical to be stopping to glove when a rag takes care of the temporary problem .
    I wear gloves while driving both my car and motorcycle and wear gloves working with brush and sheet metals ,they are a good valuable tool and have pairs setting all over the place . an important tool in survival if you must deal with the ill or dead or blood .
    You can't always wash your hands , but wearing gloves I think should come back as a cultural necessity .
    I am not fearful of germs ,my body has a good strong immune system ,and in the winter time I add cider vinegar to my diet , but it is reasonable that folks that go to the store consider wearing gloves while shopping and driving .
    Something comfortable and something sacrificial .
    Harbor freight has good deals on gloves of all sorts .
    One last thing, I don't care what people think of me wearing gloves especially driving or on the motorcycle. In the event there is an accident , wearing gloves puts me at an advantage dealing with broken glass and torn sheet metal. an insulator against hot steel or melted plastic . I have dealt with gasoline on fire on me and the places with the least damage were those covered .
    You wear shoes to protect your feet ,because if you go lame you can't work , If you life depends on your hands, they should have similar care.
     
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  8. RouteClearance

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  9. Grandpa Patch

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  10. Cruisin Sloth

    Cruisin Sloth Special & Slow

    Who uses white towels , THEY show the grime
    Black and when they crinkle there done , into the fire starter bucket .
    Same as clothes , I've never had a problem get a seat on a bus . ;)

    I haven't done a bus in years 1994-95 in @Hanzo state !!

    This I do Before and after all the time . Plus use the paper towel to leave .
    I see many just squirt & leave !!
     
  11. Motomom34

    Motomom34 Moderator Moderator

    I do and you are correct they show grime but if you wash your hands properly, the towel should stay white longer.
     
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  12. arleigh

    arleigh Goophy monkey

    There was a company that sold a product called basic H . It was a hand cleaner that one could apply before work and simply wash off when done . Seemed like a good idea at the time but I don't know what happened to it.
     
  13. Just looked up Basic H. Appears to still be available. It's a Shaklee product.
     
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