#1 Frequent hand washing is one of the most important healthy habits to prevent the spread of germs as our hands can carry germs even when they don’t appear dirty.
Wash your hands before and after:
Using the bathroom
Caring for cuts or wounds
Any contact with a sick individual
Putting on or removing protective equipment like a face mask or glove
Wash your hands after:
Coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose
Touching another person’s hands eg: handshakes
Touching animals or pets
Touching doorknobs, door handles or doorbells
#2 Hand washing with soap and water: note* when you latter your hands with soap and water it releases amphiphiles, which are molecules that can emulsify the coat that viruses wear to protect them.
Wet hands and apply soap
Rub hands and scrub all surfaces for 30 plus seconds
Dry hands with a clean towel or a paper towel, turn the faucet off with the paper towel and discard in the trash.
Adults wash your child’s hands first then your own
#3 Clean hands with hand sanitizer:
Use hand sanitizer only when soap and water are not available
Use hand sanitizer only when your hands are not visibly dirty
Hand sanitizer should contain at least 60% alcohol to be effective
Apply hand sanitizer to both hands
Rub all surfaces of your hands until dry for 20 plus seconds
If your hands dry in less than 10 seconds, apply more hand sanitizer and repeat
SAFFRON Nurses and volunteers are available to do in-person health and wellness education and teaching for single parents, women and children in underserved communities. Please contact us for further details.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE):
#1 Wearable PPE protects us from contact with or exposure to infectious germs and viruses. PPE includes gloves, face mask, face shields, protective eye wear, and protective clothing e.g., gowns, jackets, and laboratory coats
Wear gloves if coming into contact with any blood, body fluids, mucus members, broken skin, rashes, saliva or other potentially infectious materials. Note* gloves cannot be reused.
Wear protective clothing to cover and protect your skin as well as your personal clothing from contamination
Wear your masks which covers your mouth and nose, protecting you from splashes of bodily fluids
#2 Teach with return demonstration how to properly put on (donning) and remove (doffing) PPE to prevent or reduce contamination.
Stress the importance of keeping your hands away from your face
Limit the surfaces you touch
Always remove PPE before leaving work areas
Note* proper hand washing must be completed after removing and disposing of all PPE.
Respiratory Hygiene and Etiquette:
#1 The practice of good respiratory hygiene and etiquette measures are proven to limit the transmission of respiratory pathogens ( germs, bacteria, viruses, infectious agent or organism that can cause disease) that spread by droplet or airborne routes.
#2 Respiratory hygiene should be practiced by everyone, especially with any individual who displays signs and symptoms of illness e.g., coughing, congestion, fever, running nose, sneezing or increase respiratory secretions. We educate and teach children, and single parents how to implement standard precautions to limit the spread or respiratory viruses.
How far a sneeze travels
The importance of covering their mouth/nose when sneezing and coughing
Single use of tissues and proper disposal after use
Importance of proper hand hygiene after contact with all respiratory secretions
Isolate away from others or wear proper fitting masks when your in public
Frequently Clean and Disinfect: personal items, frequently used surfaces at home and in work environments daily
#1 Wear disposable gloves to clean high contact surfaces and discard after use. If using reusable gloves make sure that the gloves are dedicated to cleaning and disinfecting only. Always wash your hands after removal of gloves.
First clean all dirty surfaces with soap and water, then use disinfectant
Personal clothing should be cleaned/laundered as directed by the manufacture
Disinfect using safe, recommended household and work approved agents e.g., bleach
Follow the label instructions for safe and effective use
Open a window or door to ensure proper ventilation
Label all cleaning solutions
Do not mix chemicals or products
Keep out of the reach of children and pets
Do not ingest (eat/drink), inhale or inject any cleaning and disinfection products into your body
Do not apply any cleaning or disinfecting products on your skin as they can cause serious harm.
Do not bathe, wipe or clean your pets with any cleaning and disinfecting products.
#2. When someone is sick in your household keep them separated/isolated in a bedroom and bathroom (if possible) from other family members. Wear disposable gloves and mask when cleaning their area, and limit your contact as needed with the sick person.
Eat separately, the sick person should eat alone in their room if possible
Wash their used dishes and utensils wearing gloves in hot water or in dishwasher. Dispose of gloves and properly wash your hands.
Use a dedicated, lined trash can and disposable gloves when removing garbage bags, handling and disposing of trash. Dispose of gloves and properly wash your hands.