International Day of Yoga is June 21st!

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Thursday, June 21st is when the International Day of Yoga is observed. Since yoga tends to be spectacularly outstanding for peoples’ minds, bodies and spirits, an entire piece has been devoted to the International Day of Yoga. The purpose of the International Day of Yoga is to boost awareness on a global scale regarding the myriad of benefits connected with regularly practicing yoga.

For those that may still be unaware, yoga is a series of multifaceted exercises that work to combine many physical, mental and spiritual elements. The word ‘yoga’ is derived from Sanskrit and means to join or unite, representing the union of body and consciousness (United Nations, n.d.).

Including yoga into a daily routine can improve one’s health status, increase strength levels, enhance flexibility, and assist in improving posture and breathing. Practicing yoga on a routine basis can also help adherents to reduce stress, minimize depression and control anxiety symptoms while enhancing concentration and mental clarity.

Yoga exercises had originated in India many generations ago before subsequently being introduced to the Western world in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The number of yoga adherents, also known as “yogis,” began to sharply increase in the 1980s and has been growing rapidly each succeeding year. The United Nations (UN) finally declared June 21st as the International Day of Yoga back in December 2014.

The theme for the fifth annual International Day of Yoga is climate change.

REFERENCES

United Nations. (n.d.). International Day of Yoga 21 June. Retrieved June 20, 2019, from https://www.un.org/en/events/yogaday/

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June 16th is Father’s Day

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Father’s Day 2019 is observed on Sunday, June 16th. Therefore, the members of staff at Legacy Healthcare Careers CNA School would like take a moment to warmly wish all dads a very happy Father’s Day. Fathers are vitally important because, without them, the healthcare field and society would not be in existence today.

Since the Father’s Day holiday has been set aside to recognize and celebrate the significant role that fathers play in the lives of their children and society as a whole, we wholeheartedly encourage people to honor all fathers on this special day. Happy Father’s Day to all dads. After all, fathers have earned this day.

Call (682)626-5266 to enroll in nurse aide (CNA) training classes at Legacy Healthcare Careers. You can become a nursing assistant in two weeks in Texas. Jump-start your legacy today.

June 14th is National Wear Blue Day

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June 14th is National Wear Blue Day, and the month of June has been designated as Men’s Health Month. Throughout this month, the general public and members of the healthcare community can observe Men’s Health Month by displaying a warm show of support for men and the health issues that are most likely to affect their lives.

Men’s Health Month is the optimal time to encourage men and boys to seek routine checkups from healthcare providers. Obtaining checkups and physical exams from physicians and other healthcare providers can increase the likelihood of preventing health problems and/or catching health issues before they become life-threatening.

To become a part of the healthcare community, consider training to become a nursing assistant (CNA). Legacy Healthcare Careers offers quality two-week CNA training programs at an affordable cost. Call (682)626-5266 to schedule a tour, ask questions, or enroll in CNA training classes at Legacy Healthcare Careers in Texas.

June is Men’s Health Month

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Did you know that June is Men’s Health Month? Men’s Health Month is a nationwide observance that aims to increase knowledge regarding men’s unique healthcare issues. Other noble aims of Men’s Health Month are to encourage boys, men and their loved ones to adhere to healthier habits and introduce more healthful choices into their lives such as regular exercise and cleaner food choices.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) asserts that males in the United States tend to die approximately five years sooner than females. Moreover, men die at higher rates from nine of the top ten leading causes of death in the US. Males are also far less likely to visit doctors for preventative issues than their female counterparts. The goal of Men’s Health Month is to change these dismal statistics for the better.

During Men’s Health Month, men are strongly encouraged to take control of their health statuses, and families are encouraged to teach young boys healthful lifestyle choices and habits throughout their childhood years (Office of Minority Health, 2019). There are a number of actionable things people can do to observe Men’s Health Month. The actions people can take to support Men’s Health Month have been listed below.

  1. Members of the public should wear blue on Friday June 14th, which has been designated ‘Wear Blue Day.’ This day is a part of the year-round Wear BLUE® awareness campaign that had been created by Men’s Health Network to raise awareness about the importance of men’s health and to encourage males to live longer and healthier lives (Office of Minority Health, 2019).
  2. Utilize the hashtag #MensHealthMonth as much as possible during the month of June when creating posts on social media outlets such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
  3. Encourage the men and boys in your life to adhere to healthier lifestyle choices such as smoking cessation, regular physical exercise, stress reduction, healthy eating habits, and ample sleep and rest.
  4. Ensure that the men in and boys in your life routinely seek medical advice via primary healthcare providers to promote prevention and/or early detection of potential health problems.
  5. Parents, grandparents and guardians can proactively teach young their boys healthy lifestyle choices to increase the likelihood that these boys will adopt healthier lifestyles as adult males.

REFERENCES

Office of Minority Health. (2019, June 7). Men’s Health Month. Retrieved June 13, 2019, from  https://minorityhealth.hhs.gov/omh/content.aspx?ID=10238&lvl=2&lvlid=12

Healthcare Workplace Spotlight: It’s All About How People Feel Around You

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Here is a harsh reality of workplace politics that some people have not quite grasped: regardless of how well we are able to perform the technical and procedural aspects of our job duties, most employees will never get too far at work if people do not feel comfortable around them. Yes, the way people feel around us is very important. Some further elaboration on this phenomenon is needed, so here we go…

Many workers are amazing at the hands-on, technical aspects of their jobs. For instance, a nurse named Selma has approximately 10 years of experience in various areas. She is highly intelligent and has a masters degree in nursing. Selma has worked in a variety of higher acuity nursing specialties including interventional radiology, critical care, post anesthesia recovery, same day surgery, inpatient dialysis, and the emergency room.

Selma is proficient in a large number of technical and procedural hands-on skills that many other nurses have not fully mastered. For example, she is an expert at operating ventilators. She is also an expert at starting intravenous lines, accessing ports, running bedside hemodialysis machines, managing multiple IV drips, applying wound vac appliances, and performing comprehensive head-to-toe assessments of patients.

However, something is not quite right with Selma. She has had 19 jobs in her 10 year career as a nurse. Patients and families complain that she is not expressive or warm and that her bedside manner is cold. Coworkers would say she is very smart, but brutally honest and hard to be around for expended periods of time. Selma believes she does her work well, so she does not understand why she never manages to keep a job for long.

On the other hand, another nurse named Mamie also has 10 years of experience in a number of different areas. Mamie is an RN with an associate degree from a trade school and experience in lower acuity nursing specialties such as long term care, hospice, post acute rehabilitation, home health, private duty, doctors offices and seasonal flu shot clinics. Mamie has been at her current job at a nursing home for the past seven years.

Mamie does not have most of the hands-on technical skills that Selma possesses. Mamie does not know how to operate ventilators or access ports, and she is not terribly good at starting intravenous lines or managing IV pumps. While Mamie can complete patient assessments, she has never touched a dialysis machine. While Mamie knows how to apply wound vac appliances, she surely would not call herself an expert at this skill.

However, Mamie is beloved at work due to her cheerful personality and ability to make people feel good about themselves in her presence. She always offers assistance and has great interpersonal skills. After five years of dedicated work as a floor nurse and weekend supervisor at the nursing home where she is employed, she was promoted into the nursing administration department to serve as the facility director of nurses.

What is the difference between Selma and Mamie? Even though Mamie may be far less skilled in the hands-on aspects of nursing, her social skills are impressive. In other words, Mamie has mastered the art of causing people to feel comfortable around her. Mamie is aware that people do not care what a person knows until they know that the same person cares about them. Meanwhile, Selma has not yet figured this out.

The moral of the story is this: our time, interactions, encounters and experiences at the workplace will be made more pleasant and easier if people feel a sense of positivity and optimism in our presence. The initial step to induce comfort in people and put them at ease is to behave in a gracious and kindly manner toward everyone, regardless of who they are. After all, the way people feel around us is very important. Remember that.

Brain Awareness Week: March 11 Through March 17, 2019

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This year (2019), Brain Awareness Week is to be observed for the entire week that begins on March 11th and ends on March 17th. For those that might not have been previously aware, Brain Awareness Week is a worldwide celebration of the brain. Since the brain has such a profound impact on peoples’ physical, mental, social and emotional health, Brain Awareness Week deserves to be the sole subject of an informational post.

Brain Awareness Week is a week-long celebration of the brain that was established back in 1996. Every single year, during one whole week in the month of March, Brain Awareness Week brings together the diligent work of organizations, research firms, partners and interested stakeholders on a global scale to celebrate the marvelous organ otherwise known as the brain.

In other words, Brain Awareness Week is a worldwide campaign with the intent of boosting peoples’ awareness regarding the uniqueness and importance of the brain, as well as getting the public to see the merits and beneficial aspects of clinical research involving the brain. This week is loaded with multiple opportunities to discuss the progress that revolves around brain research.

Numerous diseases affect the human brain in ways that are devastating to individuals, families, and entire populations. Brain Awareness Week provides opportunities to let people know about the progress that is being done to diagnose, treat and prevent brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, strokes, schizophrenia and depression (Federation of European Neuroscience Societies, 2019).

Brain Awareness Week is celebrated with a myriad of activities and events. According to National Day Calendar (2019), activities are limited only by the organizers’ imaginations and include open days at neuroscience labs; exhibitions about the brain; lectures on topics that pertain to the brain; social media posting campaigns; displays at libraries and community centers; classroom workshops; and so much more.

To observe Brain Awareness Week, individuals can take a look at the the BAW calendar of events to find activities that will be taking place in the region where they live. People can also post on social media outlets using the hashtags #BrainAwarenessWeek and #BrainWeek. Also, the neuroscience departments at many colleges and universities will be organizing exhibits and educational activities that are often open to the public.

REFERENCES

Federation of European Neuroscience Societies. (2019). Brain Awareness Week. Retrieved March 13, 2019 from https://www.fens.org/Outreach/FENS-Brain-Awareness-Week/

National Day Calendar. (2019). Brain Awareness Week. Retrieved March 13, 2019 from https://nationaldaycalendar.com/brain-awareness-week-changes-annually/

 

 

CNA School Open Enrollment Event: February 12, 2019

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The time has come to welcome prospective nurse aide students to Legacy Healthcare Careers CNA School’s Open House /Open Enrollment event located at 7100 Boulevard 26, Suite 205, Richland Hills, Texas 76180. Food will be provided on a first come /first serve basis. This event takes place on Tuesday February 12, 2019 between 2:00pm and 5:00pm.

The staff of Legacy Healthcare Careers will be offering helpful information on healthcare careers, immediate assistance with enrollment in nurse aide training classes on the spot, and tours of the school. Please bring a photo ID, social security card, and a $200 down payment to enroll.

The next CNA classes at this Fort Worth area school will be starting on Monday February 18, 2019 as well as Monday February 25, 2019. Legacy Healthcare Careers offers an affordable 7-day (1-week) CNA program. In addition, the school offers a 2-week CNA program and a 3-week CNA program.

Please RSVP via e-mail to Legacy Healthcare Careers at LegacyHealthcareCareers@ Yahoo.com by Tuesday February 12 to indicate whether you can attend, or feel free to telephone the school’s 24-hour enrollment hotline at (682)313-6404 to confirm your attendance at this open house event.

The staff of Legacy Healthcare Careers hopes to see you at this special open enrollment event. The school owes its success to people like you, so please graciously accept our sincere gratitude for your support. A career in the healthcare industry can be fulfilling and transforming. In addition, a healthcare career can boost your value in the local employment value, so jump-start your legacy today.

Texas CNA Skills (Part Eight): What to Wear and How to Dress for the CNA State Test

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The broad majority of states in the U.S. have enacted laws that require graduates of nurse aide training programs to pass the respective state-approved examination in order to secure occupational certification as a certified nursing assistant (CNA). Therefore, the CNA state test is extremely important to the future career prospects of countless nursing assistants.

Nonetheless, many nurse aide students remain blissfully unaware that a testing center dress code exists. Well, a dress code certainly does exist for the CNA state test, and more than one rationale for being dressed in a specific way at the testing center site has been presented. The rationales for the dress code have been listed below.

  1. Nurse aide test takers should anticipate the remote possibility of spending all day at the testing center. Therefore, all-day comfort is of the utmost importance.
  2. A nurse aide test taker might be asked to participate in a simulated patient care environment where he or she plays the role of a debilitated elderly patient for one or more other test takers who need to perform hands-on skills. Thus, nurse aide candidates will actually be performing their skills on each other during the skills evaluation section of the CNA state test.
  3. Nurse aide test takers should wear shoes with non-skid soles (bottoms) for safety reasons. The safety of all test-taking candidates needs to be upheld at the testing center.
  4. Any candidate who volunteers to play the role of the patient must wear flat slip-on non-skid closed toe shoes, loose pants or bottoms that are capable of being rolled up, and a loose tank top or loose-fitting shirt with sleeves that can be rolled up to the shoulders (Pearson Vue, 2018).

In general, test takers will never go wrong by dressing the part of an employed nursing assistant regardless of whether or not they opt to volunteer to pose as a patient. The following dress code is more of a basic set of guidelines for appropriate testing center clothing for the CNA state test. Keep in mind that Pearson Vue testing centers are the testing sites where all CNA state tests are conducted in the state of Texas. The following list contains generalities surrounding proper attire in regards to the Texas CNA state test, as well as testing sites in the majority of other states in the US.

  1. Wear closed-toe shoes with flat non-skid soles.
  2. Nurse aide test takers who do not volunteer to play the role of a patient should wear a medical uniform, scrub set, or casual attire. Clothing should be clean.
  3. Nurse aide test takers who choose to wear casual attire should wear jeans, pants, khakis or slacks to comply with the potential need for hands-on skills practice. Dresses and skirts are discouraged with the exception of religious reasons.
  4. Midriffs and abdominal areas should be covered.
  5. Nurse aide test takers should appear clean, groomed, and be free from strong body odor. Perfumes, body sprays and colognes are discouraged.
  6. Nurse aide test takers who wear white bottoms should wear proper underwear since patterned panties, briefs or boxer shorts might be seen through white material.
  7. Long hair should be worn back into a ponytail, bun, contained by a headband, or pinned.
  8. Fingernails should be kept short and trimmed.
  9. Nurse aide test takers must wear a wristwatch with a second hand.
  10. Limit / curtail the amount of jewelry worn to the testing center. The amount of jewelry the nurse aide test taker wears to the testing center site should be minimal.

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Be completely mindful that the CNA state test dress code is different in a handful of states in the US. For example, CNA state test sites in Arizona require all test-taking candidates to adhere to a very specific dress code, and those who do not comply will not be permitted to take the exam.

With regards to the CNA state test in Arizona, Headmaster LLP (2018) asserts that “SCRUBS (which consists of a scrubs top and scrub pants, scrub skirt (long, loose-fitting) or scrub dress (long, loose-fitting) and closed-toed, soft-soled shoes are the required dress code for testing. You will not be admitted for testing if you are not wearing scrub attire and the appropriate shoes. You will be considered a NO SHOW. You will have to pay for another exam date.”

Be sure to dress for success on the day of the CNA state test and beyond. The nurse aide testing site evaluator is the individual who will be observing for competency as the test taker performs the skills evaluation section of the state test. Dressing the part for the CNA state test can go a long way in presenting the image of a candidate who is fully competent, prepared, professional, and serious about his or her future career as a nursing assistant.

Readers have probably heard the olden adage that one never gets a second chance to make a first impression. The point is to present oneself to the testing site evaluator as a nurse aide who deserves to pass the CNA state test. A cleanly nurse aide candidate looks the part, whereas a test taker with 10 gold chains, a tight-fitting cropped top that exposes the torso and dirty blue jeans does not look professional.

REFERENCES

Headmaster, LLP. (2018). Arizona Nursing Assistant Candidate Handbook. Retrieved from http://hdmaster.com/testing/cnatesting/arizona/azformpages/azforms/AZCandidateHandbook%202.1.18.pdf

Pearson Vue. (2018). Texas Nurse Aide Candidate Handbook. Retrieved from https://home.pearsonvue.com/getattachment/73a0c524-4cbe-401a-aa5c-fe1ebf4e2517/Texas

 

 

 

Texas CNA Skills (Part Three): Measuring and Recording Respirations

Screenshot 2018-12-01 at 12.22.36 PMRespiration, also known as breathing, is one of the four main vital signs that nursing assistants, nurses, respiratory therapists, paramedics, emergency medical technicians and other healthcare workers must know how to accurately obtain and record. Of course, the other three vital signs include temperature, pulse and blood pressure.

Alternately worded, a patient’s respiratory rate is his or her breathing rate. It is the number of breaths that he or she takes over the course of one full minute (60 seconds). Generally, a respiration rate that falls between 12 and 20 breaths over the course of one whole minute is considered a normal and expected finding in an adult who is resting.

Remember the concept in this manner for enhanced ease of recollection and lack of confusion: the process of respiration is more commonly known as the process of breathing. Respiration is a very high-priority basic need because a patient who stops breathing will be dead in a matter of minutes without timely outside intervention. Fortunately, taking and recording a patient’s respiratory rate is one of the technically easier procedural skills for a healthcare worker to carry out.

Respiration is an enormously complex activity that is comprised of two differing processes called inspiration and expiration. Through inspiration and expiration, the cells of the body continually exchange two gases called oxygen and carbon dioxide. The body simultaneously breathes in oxygen and expels carbon dioxide. Inspiration is the process of inhaling air into the lungs; likewise, it occurs when a patient breathes in. Expiration is the process of exhaling; therefore, it takes place when a patient breathes out.

Inspiration and expiration are massively important processes to the continual functioning of all human bodies since they are responsible for keeping the blood, organs and tissues rich with oxygen (read: inspiration) while ensuring that excess carbon dioxide leaves the body (read: expiration).

Furthermore, the procedure of measuring and recording a patient’s respiration rate is a testable skill on the Texas CNA state test. It is also a testable procedural skill in most other states. Therefore, a nurses aide who wants to pass the CNA state test to obtain certification as a certified nursing assistant will need to know how to accurately take and record a patient’s respiratory rate in the presence of an examiner at the testing site.

According to Pearson Vue (2018), a patient’s respirations should be counted and recorded using the following listed sequence of steps during the skills portion of the state CNA examination:

  1. The nursing assistant should explain the procedure to the patient in a slow and clearly understandable manner while maintaining regular face to face contact as needed.
  2. The nursing assistant must measure the patient’s respiratory rate for one entire minute (60 seconds).
  3. The nursing assistant should ensure that the patient’s call light or signaling device is within easy reach prior to ending the skill.
  4. The nursing assistant must wash his or her hands prior to recording the patient’s one-minute respiratory rate.
  5. The nursing assistant must document a respiratory rate number that is within two breaths of the examiner’s recorded reading. For instance, the nursing assistant will pass this skill if he or she records a respiratory rate of 16, even if the examiner had  documented a respiration rate of 14.

To pass the procedural skill of measuring and recording respirations on the CNA state exam, the test taker’s documented one-minute respiration rate must fall within a predetermined range of plus or minus two breaths of the test site examiner’s recorded reading. Here are a handful of additional tips that can potentially help with obtaining a respiration rate from patients in clinical settings:

  1. Perform the opening procedures before starting the skill.
  2. Count it as one respiration each time the patient’s chest rises.
  3. Count the respirations for one entire minute (60 seconds) to obtain the one-minute respiratory rate.
  4. Record the respiratory rate as indicated.
  5. Perform the closing procedures after ending the skill.

REFERENCES

All About Medical Training. (2015). Count and Record Respirations – CNA Skill Video AAMT. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VS0adbHFneA

BioSpine Institute. (2018). Breathing (picture). Retrieved from https://biospine.com/diaphragm-back-pain/

Pearson Vue. (2018). Texas Nurse Aide Candidate Handbook. Retrieved from https://home.pearsonvue.com/getattachment/73a0c524-4cbe-401a-aa5c-fe1ebf4e2517/Texas

Texas CNA Skills (Part One): Hand-Washing, a.k.a. Hand Hygiene Instructions and Video

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Hand-washing is arguably one of the easiest and most effectual methods of infection control in healthcare facilities. Correctly-performed hand hygiene prevents the spread of harmful diseases. In fact, the overarching goal of hand-washing is to remove microbes, dirt, debris and particles from the hands by way of sufficient manual friction along with soap and warm water to prevent the spread of disease-causing germs to vulnerable patients and residents.

In addition, hand-washing happens to be a testable skill on the Texas state examination and skills evaluation test to attain certification as a certified nursing assistant (CNA). During the course of the CNA state test, the test-taker is expected to perform a full hand-washing skill sequence in front of the examiner to ensure that it is being done properly. Thus, a thorough working knowledge of correct hand-washing techniques is imperative in order for a candidate to pass the skills portion of the state exam.

Without satisfactory knowledge of hand-washing techniques, a test taker could quite possibly fail the skills portion of the state test, resulting in a disappointing loss of time, money, effort and confidence. Who wants to continually retake the CNA state exam? Not you! In other words, it would be an excellent idea to know how to perform the skill of hand-washing in the precise manner that the state test examiner wants it completed.

CNAs and other healthcare workers will need to wash their hands multiple times per work shift during the course of performing direct care. The nurse aide must perform proper hand hygiene before entering patients’ rooms, prior to exiting patients’ rooms, before and after feeding residents, after handling unclean bedding and linens, prior to performing procedures on patients, and after coming into contact with skin tears and open wounds.

Again, the rationale for hand-washing is to reduce the likelihood of transmitting infectious germs. The World Health Organization (2009) asserts that five instances are appropriate for hand hygiene: 1) prior to contact with patients and residents; 2) prior to performing clean and/or aseptic tasks; 3) after body fluid exposure risks; 4) after contact with patients and residents; 5) after making contact with patients’ surroundings.

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To successfully complete the hand-washing skill for the Texas CNA state exam, Pearson Vue (2018) asserts that this procedure should be performed utilizing the following steps in the order that has been listed below:

  1. The nursing assistant must refer to the patient by his or her name. The nursing assistant must also introduce himself or herself to the patient by name.
  2. The nursing assistant must proceed to turn on the water faucet at the sink.
  3. The nursing assistant needs to completely wet his or her hands and wrists.
  4. The nursing assistant adds a sufficient amount of soap to his or her hands.
  5. The nursing assistant must ensure all surfaces of his or her hands, wrists and fingers are lathered up for a minimum of 20 seconds while using sufficient friction. While lathering up, make sure the hands remain lower than the elbows. While lathering up, also make sure elbows and fingertips are kept down.
  6. The nursing assistant needs to clean his or her fingernails by rubbing the fingertips against the palms of the opposite hand.
  7. The nursing assistant must rinse off all surfaces of his or her hands, wrists and fingers while being sure to keep the hands lower than the elbows and the fingertips down.
  8. The nursing assistant must use dry paper towels to dry off all surfaces of his or her hands, wrists and fingers while starting at the fingertips. The nursing assistant then must proceed to dispose of the used paper towels into the wastebasket receptacle.
  9. The nursing assistant must use dry paper towels to turn the water faucet off before properly throwing the used paper towels into the wastebasket receptacle.
  10. The nursing assistant must not touch the inside of the sink during any point in time while performing the hand-washing skill in front of the examiner.

REFERENCES

All About Medical Training. (2015). Hand Hygiene (Hand Washing) CNA Skill Video AAMT. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ae0eODZyNQ&t=2s

Pearson Vue. (2018). Texas Nurse Aide Candidate Handbook. Retrieved from https://home.pearsonvue.com/getattachment/73a0c524-4cbe-401a-aa5c-fe1ebf4e2517/Texas

World Health Organization. (2009). Hand Hygiene: How, Why & When? Retrieved from http://www.who.int/gpsc/5may/Hand_Hygiene_Why_How_and_When_Brochure.pdf

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