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Hand washing - a basic bathroom etiquette once thought to be a simple and mindless task – actually requires a step-by-step regimen for success.

A lesson in Hand washing 101 would read like this:

Pull the paper towel from the holder. Turn on the faucet. Wet hands.

Soap and scrub hands up to wrists for 15-20 seconds or the length of the "Happy Birthday" or "ABC" tunes. Rinse. Dry hands. Turn off the faucet with towel used to dry hands. Exit restroom.

Since the 2001 release of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines on hand hygiene, hospitals nationwide have highlighted the importance of hand washing and use of alcohol-based gels in the prevention and control of infections. continued..

WRITTEN BY JESSICA PASLEY
PHOTOGRAPH BY ISTOCK
 
 
   
 
 
 
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