Winter is officially here and with colder weather setting in it is important to take certain precautions to help you boost your immunity. It is advised to take safeguards to avoid the common cold and influenza, until flu season is behind us.
While immunization vaccines are the most common precaution taken by the majority of the US population, proper hand hygiene is commonly overlooked. Hand protection is vital. As a manufacturer of disposable hand protection, we’d like to share some information with you about the prevention of spreading of germs.
Did you know that approximately 80% of infectious illnesses are spread through hands and surfaces?
The use of disposable gloves is an excellent method for minimizing the spread of germs. Keep in mind that once contaminated, they can become a means for spreading infectious droplets to yourself, others, or environmental surfaces.
Here are the most important do’s and don’ts of glove use:
Work from “Clean” to “Dirty”. This is a basic principle of infection control. In this instance, it refers to touching clean body sites or surfaces before you touch dirty or heavily contaminated areas.
Change gloves as needed. If gloves become torn or heavily contaminated and additional care‐giving must be performed, change the gloves before starting the next task. Gloves should never be washed and used again. Washing gloves will not make them safe for reuse. It may not be possible to remove all germs and washing gloves may cause tearing or leaking. If you find that your glove has been compromised or you notice a tear, wash hands immediately and change into a new pair of gloves.
Washing your hands regularly and thoroughly is one of the best ways to stave off colds and flu. Hand sanitizer is a great substitute for times when running water is not available, so it may help to carry a small tube while you are out in public. Avoid touching your face, particularly the nose, mouth and eye area if you are around anybody with cold or flu-like symptoms.
Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer:
• before and after touching a person who is sick
• before and after using the bathroom
• before and after eating
• before touching your eyes, nose, or mouth (including coughing and sneezing)
• before and after using Personal Protective Equipment such as disposable gloves or face masks