Medical Monday: Hand Hygiene Day

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(WXOW) – It’s an easy thing to do for front line preventative health, so why does it sometimes seem like proper hand care is so hard to put into practice?

Gundersen Health System infection control specialist Brian Simmons put it plainly.

“We use our hands for everything we do.”

Simmons said it’s crucial for those in the health care system to practice proper hand hygiene because they’re essential in preventing the spread of disease. More than that, Simmons said medical workers can set an example for everyone by their habits.

The World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control want everyone to mark their calendar for Sunday, May 5. The aim is for Hand Hygiene Day to start the spread of simple preventative care techniques. Whether that’s washing hands after bathroom use or before preparing food or just using hand gel when out and about, Simmons said we can all play our part.

Dustin Luecke

Dustin Luecke

Dustin Luecke anchors News 19 Daybreak weekday mornings.

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