Steps for proper hand washing include: Take off any jewelry. Hold your hands pointing down under warm water for 15 to 30 seconds. Clean under your nails. Rinse well. Dry with a clean towel.
Proper hand washing is the best way to avoid spreading germs to help prevent infection.
Update Date 6/27/2010
Updated by: Debra G. Wechter, MD, FACS, General Surgery practice specializing in breast cancer, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, Washington. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.