Woman washing hands in sink

The Miriam Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island, is using a new educational video game system to teach proper handwashing. According to NBC10 reports, "Sure Wash" is an interactive simulator that ushers users through the steps of proper handwashing.

Published data shows that far too often thumbs and fingertips are missed when people wash their hands. Education on proper handwashing, although not exciting, is necessary. The  simulator makes a game of it — complete with prizes.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that many diseases are spread by not cleaning hands properly after touching contaminated objects or surfaces.

Washing hands with soap and water is the best way to kill germs. However, running water may not always be available so the best bet is an alcohol-based (at least 60 percent) hand sanitizer.

According to the CDC, handwashing is a simple, practical skill that is easily learned. It takes around 20 seconds and involves five simple steps:
  – Wet hands with clean, running water
  – Lather hands by rubbing them together with the soap
  – Scrub hands for at least 20 seconds
  – Rinse hands well under clean, running water
  – Dry hands using a clean towel or air-dry them