When you are washing your hands_ you automatically think about germs

					       When you are washing your hands, you automatically think about germs. Is this

enough to get kill all of the bacteria? When hands are visibly dirty definitely use you usual

soap and water, if hands aren’t quite visibly dirty and alcohol based get is available use it.

In today’s society we see in hospitals, daycares, and even petting zoos a little box with the

brand Purell written on it that is a quick alcohol based gel that you can squirt on your

hands and it dissolves in seconds. Purell’s website quotes,”

        PURELL® Instant Hand Sanitizer kills common germs that may cause illness. Germ
kill has been demonstrated in laboratory tests of common bacteria, viruses and fungi. FDA
does not currently allow makers of instant hand sanitizers to make claims against specific
types of germs due to its concern those consumers will take away a message that the
particular illness caused by these germs will be completely prevented through use of the
product. Because germs can be spread in a number of ways and one's chances of actually
developing an illness depends on a number of factors, no maker of these products can make
that kind of guarantee. However, proper hand hygiene is one of the most important tools to
prevent the spread of illness. This is why the CDC and various other organizations
recommend hand-washing or use of an alcohol-based instant hand sanitizer, like Purell®,
when soap and water are not available.” (Purell, 2009)

       Germs can be very harmful and it is very important to practice good hand hygiene.

For example I work in a hospital and we are required to use this Purell alcohol gel before

and after each contact with the patient. After 3 to four times at this, when we start feeling

build up on our hands, we then are asked to wash with soap and water to make sure the gel

is able to do it’s job-kill germs.

       Alcohol based gel is effective when it comes to killing germs but germs are around

us all the time. Some germs we don’t want to kill, for example germs that continue to build

our immune system by producing anti bodies to protect us from things like viruses etc.

Although there is no proof that the hand sanitizer prevents a disease, when it comes to the

swine flu practicing good hand hygiene decreases your chances of getting sick
tremendously! The hand sanitizer is substantial is killing bacteria which goes hand in hand

against preventing the swine flu.

       When it comes to the safety of children using this product, it’s all about adult

supervision. It is safe for a child to clean his hands and according to Purell it has a bitter

taste therefore not desired to drink. When being supervised by an adult make sure the

children let their hands completely dry before they touch their mouths noses or mucous

membranes. (Purell,2009)

       The activity I am going to talk about deals with how hand washing is important for

at least fifteen seconds or using an alcohol fast acting gel. The first step is to take the bottle

of what is called Squidsoap. It is a product from Airborne that is used in elementary classes

to teach young children about the importance of hand washing and that you can’t just rinse

your hands to get rid of germs. It comes out as a liquid soap and children are told to wash

there hands(without any instruction. It tramples the hands with a vegetable dye. Letting

the children wash and dry their own hands before explaining lets them see that some of the

children still have dye on their hands. This is when I would explain that it a side by side

thing when it comes to germs. When you wash your hands with soap and water you need to

wash and cover hands with soap for 15-20 seconds. Just think about singing the A, B, C song

or the Happy birthday song, it is about the same thing. Then ask the children to reapply the

soap and then wash their hands effectively the second time so they can see for themselves

the process of getting rid of germs. Also during this time, with elementary age children in

the time you go from putting the dye on their hands to having them wash, some children

will have touched their face or the faucet or the table. This is also a great example of how

germs spread. You can sneeze and wipe your germs or leave your germs where they can
easily access another person. This activity I got from the website

http://healthfieldmedicare.suite101.com/article.cfm/teach_kids_to_wash_their_hands.

				
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