Good hand hygiene, including correct hand-washing technique, is the single most important practice in reducing the spread of skin infections, says a new position statement by the National Athletic Trainers' Association on preventing, recognizing and treating skin infections in athletics, including community-associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (CA-MRSA).
Proper hand-washing technique is as follows:
- Wet the hands
- Apply the amount of antimicrobial liquid soap (not bar) recommended by the soap's manufacturer
- Rub the hands together vigorously for at least 15 second
- Rinse the hands with water
- Dry hands thoroughly with a disposable towel.