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The diagram shows the palm and back of a person’s hand. Different sections have been colour coded in purple (to demonstrate areas of the hand which are frequently missed during hand washing) and red (to demonstrate those areas which are most frequently missed). Areas frequently missed on the palm side are the tip of the index finger, base of the ring finger and around the base of the thumb into the mid-palm area, and (on the back of the hand) the ring finger, base of the other fingers and across the central section. The most frequently missed on the palm side are the tips and bases of the middle and ring fingers, below the index finger and the most central section, and on the back of the hand the thumb, ring finger and top sections of the other fingers.