Hand washing plays an important role when caring for the elderly
Simply put hand washing is the single most effective way to prevent the spread of infections. The transmission of bacteria is more likely to occur from WET skin than from dry skin, so proper drying (in addition to washing) of hands remains our best defense.
Are all drying methods created equal?
Studies which compared the effectiveness of a variety of hand-drying methods: paper towels, cloth towels, hot air dryers, and shaking hands dry.
Individuals were more likely to spend time under hot air dryers versus using cloth or paper towels to dry hands. But this increased time under hot air dryers (an average of 15 seconds versus 4 seconds for towel drying) did not correlate with increased hand dryness.
Hand washing and drying are particularly important:
Hand washing plays an important role when caring for the elderly.
After years of fending off influenza and other infectious diseases, the immune system gradually starts to lose its oomph for fighting infection. As a result, viruses, bacteria and other microbial intruders are a common killer of adults 65 and older.
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