This study may change the way you use the restroom
The latest news about hand hygiene is pretty cool.
Instead, what matters more is the amount of time spent scrubbing your hands, which is at least a recommended 10 seconds.
In the study, 21 participants’ hands were contaminated with bacteria and were then asked to wash their hands in 60, 79 and 100-degree water. Researchers found no notable difference between washing in the different temperatures.
The latest findings run contradictory to the current Food and Drug Administration guidelines regarding the required water temperature for hand washing in dining establishments. Study authors say these results call for a reconsideration of the FDA recommendations, pointing out that a great deal of energy is being wasted by heating water to a point that isn’t needed.
Mary Diamond, infection prevention nurse practitioner at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Ill., agrees with the study’s findings—especially with respect to the importance of working soap into a lather before rinsing.
“Thoroughly lathering your hands—back and front—is key to eliminating dangerous bacteria. All of us play a crucial role in preventing the spread of infections by investing as little as ten seconds in effective hand hygiene.”
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Holly Brenza, health enews contributor, is a public affairs coordinator at Advocate Health Care in Downers Grove. She earned her BA in English from the University of Illinois at Chicago. In her free time, Holly enjoys reading, watching the White Sox and Blackhawks and playing with her cats, Demi and Elle.