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Kill Germs With Your Bare Hands!

New Englewood Hospital Public Service Video Promotes Hand Hygiene to Help Stop Spread of Flu

10/27/2009

“Dr. Rich Lather” exposes invisible germ hideaways and offers tips

Elmo is not the only character spreading the news about fighting germs and flu this season. Englewood Hospital and Medical Center has produced a unique 60-second public service video starring “Dr. Rich Lather” and other costumed hand characters and cleverly animated germs to heighten awareness for both kids and adults about proper hand hygiene to keep germs from spreading. The initiative is part of the Medical Center’s continued commitment to provide the community with quality health care and health and safety education. (view the video below)

 “It’s become increasingly important that we reduce or eliminate the ability of germs to spread due to the threat of this year’s flu season and H1N1 virus,” said Mary-Ellen Walter, RN, Infection Prevention Coordinator at Englewood Hospital. “Healthy habits such as washing your hands, sneezing or coughing into your arm and avoiding direct contact with your eyes, nose and mouth are simple steps that can help you and your family to remain safe during the flu season.”

The public service video, headlined by “Dr. Rich Lather,” a hand dressed as an Englewood Hospital physician with a frothy head of soap-bubble hair, illustrates different hand characters in various places, such as a public bathroom, a coffee shop and a supermarket, that children and adults may not realize are rife with invisible germs. His final doctor’s orders: “Kill germs with your bare hands” by washing frequently.

“Flu strains have the ability to mutate quickly,” said Dr. Steven Weisholtz, Chief of Infectious Diseases at Englewood Hospital. “However, we can protect our community from this potentially serious health threat by following the recommended steps outlined in this campaign. Preventing the spread of germs and onset of infectious diseases is a responsibility that we all must share.”

The PSA and other germ-fighting information will be widely distributed to local television stations, at Bergen Performing Arts Center’s kids programs, at local health fairs, and to schools nurses throughout the region to help heighten awareness for both kids and adults regarding the need to wash hands frequently to keep germs from spreading. Also, materials will be available in the Medical Center’s patient rooms and public places and on Englewood Hospital’s website.

Practical Flu Fighting Tips:

The infectious disease experts at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center offer the following tips to help stop the spread of germs that can cause the flu and other infectious diseases:

Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or sleeve to stop germs from spreading through the air. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.

Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer especially after coughing or sneezing. 

Clean surfaces and items that are touched often, such as countertops and doorknobs, with a disinfectant. Avoid contact with people who are sick.

Get your seasonal flu and H1N1 vaccine!

For up to the minute, in-depth information on H1N1 flu from Englewood Hospital and the NJHSS, click here.

Hear from Dr. Rich Lather: