A new Israeli study suggests that washing hands after a trip to the toilet is more likely to be fatal than washing them before you head home.
The study, which was published Monday in the Journal of the American Medical Association, found that the likelihood of being hospitalized after a hand wash accident was three times higher after a shower than before, compared to when the hand wash was used.
The researchers did not compare the rates of serious or fatal injuries to those of those who had been hospitalized after being in an accident.
The findings were based on a survey of more than 2,000 people, which included those who visited emergency rooms for hand washing accidents and those who reported being in accidents.
The new study is the first to investigate the health effects of hand washing, which can include washing a dirty hand after the hands of those in the accident wash the hands.
The results showed that washing after a soap accident was more likely than washing before an accident to result in serious injury or death, as well as to result from dehydration.
The risk of death from dehydration was higher in people who reported an accident when they were younger, had less education, were more overweight or had a history of chronic illnesses.
The number of people who developed serious injuries from hand washing was higher among people who were younger and who were heavier and were more likely for those who were hospitalized after accidents to have suffered from dehydration, the researchers said.
The authors of the study said the results are consistent with the findings of previous studies that have linked hand washing to a greater risk of severe injuries, including pneumonia and infections, from dehydration in older people.
“In general, washing hands is considered safe,” said lead author Dr. Avi Regev, an emergency physician and professor of emergency medicine at the University of Colorado Medical Center.
“However, it’s important to remember that the risks are still there and are very high, especially when the hands are dirty.
So washing hands in a way that does not lead to dehydration or infection is important, but washing hands for a washout before returning to your home is also important.”
The study’s authors noted that they had no data on the rates or severity of injuries after hand washing after accidents, nor did they know whether the results of the new study are consistent across countries.
The current study was designed to explore the possible protective effects of washing hands before and after an incident of soap or water damage, and to determine whether there were differences in the rate of injuries between countries, said Dr. Regeiv.
The most common reasons for washing hands are hand hygiene, hand washing before and during an accident, hand hygiene during an injury and washing hands with a detergent or soap.
The risks associated with soap accidents were not evaluated, Regevev said.
While the study was conducted in Israel, the findings were similar to other studies conducted around the world.
In one such study, published in 2014, researchers reported that people who used hand sanitizers on their hands after cleaning accidents had a 4.3 times higher risk of developing serious complications.
The National Institutes of Health reported in 2014 that more than 60% of all emergency room visits in the United States were due to hand washing.