According to a study, conducted at Scotland’s Glasgow Caledonian University (involved 42 physicians and 78 nurses who work at an urban hospital) establish the World Health Organization’s six-step method of hand washing got rid of more bacteria on the hands of hospital workers than the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s three-step method.
Researchers measured the median bacterial count of the hospital workers after they had treated patients and washed their hands with an alcohol-based rub.
The WHO method reportedly reduced the bacteria count from 3.28 to 2.58 compared to a change of 3.08 to 2.88 with the CDC’s method.
Here’s the six-step method to wash hands in right way:
1. Rub palm to palm.
2. Rub back of left hand over right palm and vice versa.
3. Rub palm to palm with fingers interlaced.
4. Rub backs of fingers on opposing palms with fingers interlocked.
5. Rub around right thumb with left palm and vice versa.
6. Rub palm of left hand with fingers of right hand and vice versa.