Patients & Families

Good Hand Hygiene is Important

Our Lake Health team members know that clean hands help keep patients safe. We hope you'll join us and sing along to our parody video, and refresh yourself on the clean-hand tips below. 

Want clean hands?

Wash your hands regularly.

Wash them before: cooking; eating; touching your eyes, nose or mouth; touching an open wound; or putting in contact lenses. 

Wash them after: caring for someone who is sick; touching something a sick person has touched; handling animals; using the restroom; taking out trash; preparing food; or coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose. Also wash your hands anytime they look dirty.

Wash them properly.

  • Use warm running water and soap
  • Lather and rub your hands together for at least 20 seconds
  • Completely lather both the fronts and backs of your hands, making sure that you include between your fingers and under your nails 
  • Rinse well. Dry with a dry clean towel or air dryer 
  • When using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer: make sure that you include the fronts and the backs of your hands, in between your fingers and under your nails - and rub until dry
To learn more, view a complete guide on handwashing from the CDC.