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Outsmart Germs at School

Englewood Hospital Offers Tips to Help Students Stay Healthy

“Dr. Rich Lather” offers top germ-fighting tips on Englewood Hospital and Medical Center’s YouTube Channel: EnglewoodHospitalNJ.

(Englewood, NJ, September 5, 2012) – As students gear up to head back to school, the medical experts of Englewood Hospital and Medical Center offer tips to help families stay healthy once class is in session, starting with a few lessons in hand hygiene.

“Clean hands are the best defense against picking up infections,” said Mary Ellen Walter, RN, Infection Control Coordinator at Englewood Hospital. “You can use soap and water or an alcohol based sanitizer. Sneezing or coughing into your elbow can also help stop germs from spreading. Students should also stay home from school when sick with a cold or flu for at least 24 hours.”

The National Education Association reports schools can be a breeding ground for germs, with nearly three-million bacteria living on water fountain spouts, more than 33-thousand bacteria on cafeteria trays and 15-thousand on cafeteria plates.

Study up on the following guidelines to help protect your friends and family from catching the cold or flu:

  • Wet your hands with clean, warm water.

  • Use antibacterial or regular soap and rub your hands together to create a thick lather.

  • Scrub the back of your hands, fingers, palms, in between your fingers and around your


    nails for at least 15 seconds. Hum the ABC’s to help time it out.

  • Rinse your hands well and dry them off with a cloth or paper towel.

In addition to frequent, proper hand-washing, students can give their immune system a boost with breakfast – the most important meal of the day. Balanced, nutritious vitamin-packed foods like whole grain cereal, yogurt, eggs and fruit will help keep kids fully-charged and ready to hit the books.

To watch “Dr. Rich Lather” talk about fighting germs with your bare hands, visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q4xpoyU5ops&feature=plcp or go to the Medical Center’s YouTube Channel, EnglewoodHospitalNJ.

 
About Englewood Hospital and Medical Center
 
Englewood Hospital and Medical Center provides the highest level of compassionate, patient care and safety through a broad range of advanced clinical programs, treatments and diagnostic services. It is renowned for its bloodless medicine and surgery program, cardiac and vascular programs and its leadership in breast care, oncology and joint replacement services. Through its affiliation with the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and the Mount Sinai Consortium for Graduate Medical Education, this acute-care and community teaching hospital trains medical residents in many disciplines, including internal medicine, critical care medicine, surgery, pediatrics, podiatry, and pathology.  Its Vascular Fellowship Program has trained a generation of world-class vascular surgeons.  Additionally, many members of Englewood Hospital’s medical staff serve as faculty at Mount Sinai. Englewood Hospital has earned numerous accreditations from the Joint Commission and other organizations and is among the four percent of hospitals nationwide honored with the prestigious Magnet nursing award, a distinction that has been earned three times by its nursing staff.