Hand hygiene is a simple, yet important way for us to prevent the spread of germs. You can protect your child against many harmful germs by teaching them about proper hand hygiene, such as how, when, and why it's important to wash. Especially in the hospital, patients often have weakened immune systems and are more susceptible to infections. Good hand washing can mean a faster recovery and more days at school for your child.
We want to provide the best care possible for your child by keeping them safe. Our Healthy Hands, Healthy Lives campaign encourages everyone, staff and visitors alike, to wash. Please remind our staff to wash every time before and after caring for your child. In order to keep your child safe, we invite you to use our hand sanitizer dispensers as well.
Key terms defined
Hand hygiene is the act of washing your hands with soap and water or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
Hand washing means cleaning hands that are visibly dirty with soap and water.
Hand sanitizers with at least 60% alcohol content are effective for disinfecting hands.
Hospital acquired infections are infections that result from the spread of germs from patients or health care workers in health care settings.
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