Amid season of giving, health officials stress proper hand washing

Hand washing is so critical in fact, that every new health system employee gets hand washing instruction.
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During the season of giving, a great way to avoid giving others germs would be to remember to wash your hands. Health care providers everywhere agree: the most important thing to remember about washing your hands is to do it.

“It's important because you want to remove the germs, the viruses, the bacteria that can make all of us sick,” said Dr. Takaji Kittaka at Adena Regional Medical Center.

Hand washing is so critical in fact, that every new health system employee gets hand washing instruction.

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Kittaka said the “training” includes employees who work with patients and those who do not.

“We get sick by transmission of those germs, those viruses and bacteria that live on our hands or live on surfaces: when we touch them, we can pass them on to other people,” he said.

Experts at the PACCAR Medical Education Center run the orientation. Kittaka shared a brief walk-through of the session that uses a cream that mimics germs and bacteria on the hands and demonstrated how proper handwashing can kill germs and bacteria.