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Hygiene Training

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Hand hygiene training advice.

Our hands are the source of many infections. To ourselves and other healthy persons, the bacteria that is carried on our hands does not pose a problem, but to anyone whose immune system is compromised, the result can be overwhelming infection - and sometimes death. 

The unwelcome facts are that most routes of contamination are usually passed on from faecal matter to the hands and toilet seats or bed pans, then passed onto flush levers, taps, soap bars and towels, then onwards towards door handles and, unfortunately but inevitably, to everyone else who works in that particular environment. CROSS CONTAMINATION

Washing and drying 

We recommend washing the hands for 1 - 2 minutes to be effective. Not only is a good hand washing technique vital, but also we need a hygienic way of drying our hands. It is pointless taking time to wash properly if we use the same towel that everyone else has been using with little idea of how long it has been hanging there.

Paper towels have been proved to be the best way to dry hands because they are slightly abrasive and can rub away even more bacteria after washing. Hot air dryers are the worst offenders in spreading bacteria with one famous study showing a 500 percent increase of bacteria found on the hands after hot air drying as opposed to the same hands immediately after washing; a 42 percent reduction in bacteria after drying with a paper towel; and a 10 percent reduction after using a cotton towel (Redway et al. 1994).

The problem with hot air dryers is that they draw in air from the immediate toilet environment in order to blow it out again in a more concentrated form. The filters within the mechanism act as a major source for staphylococci and Micrococci, Escherichia coli and other skin and gut bacteria - the bacteria are then blown directly onto the hands, clothes, face and hair. The nozzles and buttons are also a major source of bacteria as is every other touchable object in a public washing and toileting facility.