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International Clean Hands Week and Handwashing Tips

Every week should be Clean Hands Week, but this week has been designated International Clean Hands Week by the Clean Hands Coalition. This is a group I would like to be part of. I wonder if they start their meetings with a handshake or if they will do high-fives at the end of the week to celebrate increased handwashing awareness.

Follow these Everyday EMS Tips for handwashing:


1. Wash your hands often.

2. Wash your hands before and after eating.

3. Wash your hands after using the bathroom.

4. Wash with an alcohol based hand rub – we call it “hanitizer” at our house – or with soap and water.

5. Wash all hand surfaces including between your fingers.

6. Wash your hands after blowing your nose.

7. Wash your hands after shaking hands with someone else.

Finally, avoid touching other people’s hands especially while you are eating. I need to go and wash my hands. Meanwhile check out this handwashing information the CDC


By Greg Friese

Greg Friese, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, is an author, educator, paramedic, and marathon runner.

Greg was the co-host of the award winning EMSEduCast podcast, the only podcast by and for EMS educators. Greg has written for,, Wilderness Medical Associates, JEMS Magazine, and EMS World Magazine, and the NAEMSE Educator Newsletter.