The 4 Principles of
Hand Awareness

1. Wash your hands when they
are dirty and BEFORE eating
2. DO NOT cough into your hands
3. DO NOT sneeze into your hands
4. Above all, DO NOT put your
fingers into your eyes, nose
or mouth

Henry the Hand

The 4 Principles fo Hand Awareness have been endorsed by the AMA and AAFP

The CDC and Prevention say handwashing is the single most effective way to prevent the transmission of disease.

Dr. Will Talks about Henry’s Hand Hygiene Learning Center

Dr. Will talks with Miyoung Cho, RN of South Korea at NASN 2016 about the benefits of our new Henry’s Hand Hygiene Learning Center!

Dr. WIll and Miyoung

One Response to “Dr. Will Talks about Henry’s Hand Hygiene Learning Center”

  1. CDH says:

    We had a very positive response from staff and the children. One special needs teacher’s report may best depict the impact. Her children were the first to recognize that the bathroom had empty hand cleaner and paper towel holders. Their class hallway poster demonstrates a picture of each student surrounded by the stickers they earned for following the 4 principles of hand awareness. This served as an example for all the classes in the school as they passed by.

    These children who have challenges were the best at maintaining and recognizing the hand awareness skills. Henry The Hand was a fun way for the children to learn basic hygiene skills that will benefit them for life. The general school population identified with the most with the T zone and teacher could use this to redirect improper behaviors without embarrassment.

    The children had two all school events to practice hand washing skills in our Large Group Instruction room. The second event involved community members from local health clinics, Breathe of PA, school nurse and an orthodontist’s office to help reinforce their skills. There were stations to practice the steps in hand washing and seeing the results under a black light, reviewing the T zone, reviewing the 4 principals of hand awareness, and checking out the germs killed with hand washing.

    Weekly and some times daily our in house TV broadcast announcer and music teacher would create new music jingles or play Henry the Hand videos to teacher Henry the Hand skills. She would interview children who achieved milestones in earning stickers or had great hallway bulletin boards.

    As the health professional responsible in our school for the safety and health of the students, I have teamed with Henry the Hand lessons and Dr. Sawyer to meet the challenge of illness onslaughts with confidence that we have done it with a very comprehensive approach. This gave me a sense of relief that I could not do more and that I have a expert in infection control to support the school.

    I am looking forward to second year with more creative ideas on spreading the word and not the germs.

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