As most Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients know, keeping their hands clean is one of the most important steps that can be taken to avoid getting sick and spreading germs. Many diseases and conditions are contracted simply because an individual or their caretaker did not wash his/her hands correctly. This is especially dangerous for Chronic Kidney Disease patients conducting Dialysis since their immune systems are already weakened, and infections account for approximately twenty percent (20%) of total mortality (death), as reported by the Clinical Journal Of The American Society Of Nephrology. Thus, how can patients wash their hands to better protect themselves and help to improve their longevity by limiting infections?
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According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), "Feces (poop) from people or animals is an important source of germs" like Salmonella, E. coli O157, Norovirus, and Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) which cause serious health complications and can even be life-threatening for Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients. The CDC explained that these kinds of germs can get onto hands after people use the restroom or change a diaper, but also in less obvious ways, like after handling raw meats that have invisible amounts of animal feces on them. Germs can also get onto hands if people touch any object that has germs on it because someone coughed or sneezed on it or was touched by some other contaminated object. When these germs get on the hands and are not fully washed off, they can be passed from person to person and make people sick.
Many individuals believe that washing their hands is pretty straightforward: Place some soap on your palms, rub them together, rinse and dry. "Yet if you're aiming to get rid of as much bacteria as possible, you've been washing your hands all wrong," said Arden Dier (Reporter at USA Today News). Researchers have recently discovered that washing properly requires a more intensive six (6) step process:
1.) Wet hands and apply soap or hand sanitizer. Rub palms together until soap is bubbly (lathered).
2.) Rub each palm over the back of the other hand.
3.) Then rub between your fingers on each hand.
4.) Rub the backs of your fingers against the opposite palm while interlocking your fingers.
5.) Clasp your left thumb in your right palm and rub in a rotational motion, then switch hands and carry out the same step.
6.) Carry out rotational rubbing backwards and forwards while clasping the fingers of your right hand in the palm of your left and vice versa.
Researchers at Glasgow Caledonian University have found that this six-step hand-hygiene technique recommended by the World Health Organisation is almost four-times more effective than the standard hand washing procedure. Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients would do well to print this article or copy the six step process and encourage their family members, friends, and even Healthcare Professionals to follow the steps to the best of their ability. Limiting germs can greatly improve a patient's quality of life (avoid feeling ill and hospitalizations) as well as help to boost lifespan.
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