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Back-to-School Germ Prevention 

-Englewood Hospital and Medical Center Offers Tips to Students for a Healthy School Year-

Clean Hands Save Lives: Keeping hands clean is one of the most important steps we can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. Watch the video above, starring “Dr. Rich Lather,” for tips on hand hygiene for the entire family.

(Englewood, NJ, September 4, 2013) – School is back in session and knowledge is power when it comes to preventing the spread of germs among students. As schools can be a breeding ground for germs, the experts of Englewood Hospital and Medical Center provide important tips to help keep kids healthy as they head back to class and become exposed to hot spots including water fountains, student desks and chairs, computer keyboards and gym sports equipment.

“Keep in mind that preventing illness is better than curing it,” said Mary Ellen Walter, RN, Infection Control Coordinator at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center. “Remind children to cover their coughs or sneezes, clean their hands frequently and be sure that they have all required vaccines before heading back to the classroom. The CDC recommends the annual flu vaccine for everyone over 6 months. Be safe not sick.”

Students are encouraged to study up on the following guidelines to help protect themselves, friends and family members from catching the cold or flu this season:

1.)    Wash Hands Frequently:

· 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.

2.)    Cough or sneeze into the nook of your elbow or a tissue.

3.)    Keep antibacterial wipes within reach to clean high-traffic surfaces you share with fellow students.

4.)    Boost your immune system with a multivitamin, a diet rich in fruit vegetables, whole grains and low in saturated fat, exercise and a good night’s sleep.

Families also can learn more about proper hand hygiene by watching the hospital’s “Dr. Rich Lather” animated video on how to fight germs.

Link: Visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q4xpoyU5ops&feature=plcp

 
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 six-percent of hospitals nationwide honored with the prestigious Magnet nursing award, a distinction that has been earned three times by its nursing staff.