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  • When you’re washing your hands, take off any jewellery and get the soap or an antiseptic solution ready – following the instructions on the bottle.
  • You need to wash your hands thoroughly under flowing warm water and rub all areas of the skin thoroughly – remember the thumbs, finger tips and backs of hands.
  • You don’t have to use a mini-scrubbing brush like vets do before surgery, but you have to be really thorough – it’ll take about a couple of minutes to clean them properly and rinse your hands under the flowing water.
  • Dry your hands with a paper towel or one of those rotating towels if they’re available.  Don’t use a previously used towel as that may be contaminated.

Author – Elaine Pendlebury BA BSc  BVetMed DMS MRCVS  Senior Veterinary Surgeon (Science & Welfare) PDSA

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A small proportion of the human population carry MRSA without knowing it and without any ill-effects.

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