Don’t scare the children – teach them Handwashing

23 11 2007

I have seen MRSA in my office become more of an issue, just in the last year,” reported dermatologist Marcy Goldstein, referring to methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, a bacterial infection that has been recently reported to have caused the death of a middle-school student in Brooklyn. At the Passaic-based day school YBH of Passaic-Hillel, principal Rabbi Joseph Abrams reported  that “the building is full of signs about hand washing: the hallways, the bathrooms, the stairways, the lunchroom.” 

The school nurse at YBH, Sara Schulman, explained that the administration put signs everywhere, reminding students to wash their hands with soap and water “when coming in from gym, after going to the bathroom, before you eat….”

“It’s important to wash hands with soap for 20 seconds, and then use a paper towel to close the faucet and open the door,” said Schulman, explaining that some people who don’t wash their hands touch the doorknobs.   The paper towel that is used to open doors should be properly discarded.   




One response

4 01 2008

there should be a purell dispenser in every classroom.

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