Since 2008 Global Hand washing Day is celebrated around the world every year on October 15 to activate communities, households, schools, and workplaces to wash hands with soap to hold back life-threatening diseases.

This year the theme is to “Help More Children Reach their 5th Birthday“.

The short film (above) ‘It’s in Your Hands’ is a wonderful tribute – illustrate that for many people around the world it is not normal at all to have clean water ready available at their homes.

More interesting hand hygiene reports are available at:

Hands on Hand Hygiene

Find your hand shape in 3 steps!

The picture above serves to describes how to find your Elemental Hand Shape in just 3 steps.

The picture shows how each of the 4 elemental hand shapes tends to have a specific combination of proportional hand shape ratios.

In short: the Earth hand shape is featured with short fingers + short palm length, while the Fire hand shape is featured with short fingers + a long palm shape. 

And the Air hand shape is featured with long fingers + a short hand shape, and finally the Water hand shape is featured with long fingers + a long hand shape.

Now, how to find your hand shape in 3 steps?

STEP 1:

Find your hand shape dimensions by measuring your finger length (fl), palm breadth (pb) and palm length (pl) as indicated by the hand at the top of the picture.

STEP 2:

Calculate the three proportional RATIOS for your 3 hand shape dimensions as follows:

– RATIO 1: fl/pl = finger length versus palm length ratio
– RATIO 2: fl/pb = finger length versus palm breadth ratio
– RATIO 3: pl/pb = palm length versus palm breadth ratio

Then you can find the RATIO-SIGN (in terms of ‘+’ and ‘-‘ signs) for each ratio in the center-part of the picture.

STEP 3:

The three RATIO-SIGNS together represent your ‘hand shape profile’: in the bottom part of the picture above you can find out in which category of the elemental hand shape types your hands are.

Suggestions for further reading about how to recognize & interpretate the Earth hand shape, Fire hand shape, Air hand shape & Water hand shape …

MORE DETAILS ABOUT HOW TO MAKE AN ELEMENTAL HAND SHAPE ASSESSMENT:

Finger length proportions & hand shapes!

A QUICK INTRODUCTION TO THE ELEMENTAL HAND SHAPES:

Healing hands! 

A hand sanitizer is an excellent alternative to hand washing when soap & water are not available!

A hand sanitizer is an excellent alternative to hand washing when soap & water are not available!

About H1N1 Prevention & hand hygiene!

Alcohol-based hand sanitizers — which don’t require water — are an excellent alternative to hand washing, when soap and water aren’t available.

A hand sanitizer is actually MORE effective than soap and water in killing bacteria and viruses that cause disease! For, organisms cannot develop resistance to alcohol, and commercially prepared hand sanitizers contain ingredients that help prevent skin dryness.

But one should be aware that not all hand sanitizers are created with likewise substances. Some “waterless” hand sanitizers do not contain any alcohol. In general one should use only the alcohol-based products. The American CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) recommends choosing products that contain at least 60 percent alcohol.

This is how to use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer:

• 1 – Apply 1/2 teaspoon of the product to the palm of your hand.
• 2 – Rub your hands together, covering all surfaces of your hands, until they’re dry.

NOTICE:If your hands are visibly dirty, however, wash with soap and water, if available, rather than a sanitizer!!!

SUGGESTIONS FOR FURTHER READING:
‘Hand hygiene’: a starting point for H1N1 flu prevention!
About health, hands & ‘hand hygiene’!
Did you know that warm air dryers increase bacteria on hands?
Hand facts on hand hygiene!

PICTURE: How a hand sanitizer works!
How a hand sanitizer works: protective layers prevent bacteria from reaching the skin!

Clean hands save lives: hand hygiene is the key to prevent a swine flue pandemic.

On july 14, swine flue was reported to hit the Bassetlaw region with three suspected cases of swine flue (Influenza A – H1N1), and in at least one of those cases a nine-year-old child at Worksop’s St John’s Primary School was confirmed to be suffering from the disease. On july 23 ‘National Pandemic Flu Service (NPFS)’ was launched featured with the simple advice ‘CATCH IT, BIN IT, KILL IT’ – and within a few hours the website crashed due to its popularity. On july 25 – last saturday – sales of hand gel had rocket in Worksop due to the swine flue fears.

What can you do?

To help limit the spread, wash your hands regularly with soap and warm water. Antibacterial, alcohol hand gels can stop the virus. When sneezing, catch all droplets in a clean tissue and dispose in a bin immediately. If you are diagnosed with swine flu, stay at home. Adults are generally infectious to others for five days, children for seven days. Do not go to work until all of the symptoms have cleared and you are fully recovered.

According the ‘National Pandemic Flu Service’ the basic rules to prevent from being affected by the disease are:

“- Covering your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing, using a tissue when possible;

– Disposing of dirty tissues promptly and carefully;

– Maintaining good basic hygiene, for example washing hands frequently with soap and water to reduce the spread of the virus from our hands to face or to other people;

– Cleaning hard surfaces (e.g. door handles) frequently using a normal cleaning product;

– Making sure your children follow this advice.”

SUGGESTION FOR FURTHER READING:

A kiss is healthier than a handshake!
Hand Hygiene: warm air dryers increase bacteria on hands!
The swine flu etiquette: use good hand hygiene, no handshaking, no mask, to prevent a pandemic!
Hand Hygiene: warm air dryers increase bacteria on hands!

Healthy handwashing: how to get your hands clean.

In May 2009 the World Health Organization (WHO) has presented new guidelines for hand hygiene and handwashing. The guidelines were targeted at hospital administrators, public health officials, and healthcare workers (HCWs).

The new guidlines are designed to be used in any setting in which healthcare is delivered either to a patient or to a specific group, including all settings where healthcare is permanently or occasionally performed. Details are presented for the following: hand hygiene indications, hand hygiene techniques, selecting hand hygiene agents, recommendations for skin care + glove use, and surgical hand preperation.

A few quotes from the new WHO guidlines:

“• When washing hands, wet hands with water and apply enough soap to cover all surfaces; rinse hands with water and dry thoroughly with a single-use towel. Whenever possible, use clean, running water. Avoid hot water, which may increase the risk for dermatitis.

• Liquid, bar, leaf, or powdered soap is acceptable; bars should be small and placed in racks that allow drainage.

• When using alcohol based handrub, rub a palmful of alcohol-based handrub over all hand surfaces until dry.

• Soap and alcohol-based handrub should not be used together.”

SUGGESTIONS FOR READING MORE ABOUT HAND HYGIENE:

Hand hygiene: warm air dryers increase bacteria on hands!
A kiss is healthier than a handshake!