Scientists reveal how to wash your hands: Research shows six step process is most efficient at killing bacteria., It turns out that just lathering your hands with soap, rubbing them vigorously for 20 seconds and rinsing is not the most effective way to clean them.
Experts now say the six-step hand-hygiene technique recommended by the World Health Organization is far more superior than a rival three step process.
During the randomized controlled trial in an urban, acute-care teaching hospital, researchers observed 42 physicians and 78 nurses completing hand-washing using an alcohol-based hand rub after delivering patient care. The six-step technique was determined to be microbiologically more effective for reducing the median bacterial count (3.28 to 2.58) compared to the three-step method (3.08 to 2.88). However, using the six-step method required 25 percent more time to complete (42.50 seconds vs. 35 seconds).
HOW TO PROPERLY WASH YOUR HANDS WITH THE SIX-STEP TECHNIQUE
1. To properly wash your hands using the superior six-step method begin by wetting hands with water and grab either a dollop of soap or hand rub.
2. Begin rubbing your palms together with your fingers closed, then together with fingers interlaced.
3. Move your right palm over left dorsum with interlaced fingers and vice versa – make sure to really rub in between your fingers.
4. Then interlock your fingers and rub the back of them by turning your wrist in a half circle motion.
5. Clasp your left thumb in your right palm and rub in in a rotational motion from the tip of your fingers to the end of the thumb, then switch hands.
6. And finally scrub the inside of your right hand with your left fingers closed and the other hand.
‘Only 65 percent of providers completed the entire hand hygiene process despite participants having instructions on the technique in front of them and having their technique observed.’