Global Handwashing Day which is celebrated on 15 October each year, is shining a spotlight on the state of handwashing around the world in the hope of implementing effective hand washing procedures to provide a worldwide solution.
According to Public Health Wales (2009) Infection Prevention Model Policy/Procedure 2, good hand hygiene, achieved through hand washing, is considered to be the single most important practice in reducing transmission of infection as hands can harbour over 150 species of bacteria.
TEAL has been working with UK infection control departments for over 15 years designing and manufacturing a range of mobile and portable hand wash units specifically designed for the medical environment. Manty Stanley, managing director at TEAL Patents offers the following advice:
“Infections take a heavy toll on healthcare. Hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) lengthen patients’ stays in hospitals by adding to their suffering which then results in bed blocks and fewer resources.
“It’s well-known worldwide that the gold standard in infection control is washing hands under running water with soap. Yet, many countries still use alcohol rubs and gels.
“Alcohol-based hand gels and rubs only provide a protective layer they do not remove germs. Hand washing with soap is the most effective and inexpensive way to prevent the spread of infections which annually take the lives of millions in developing countries.”
This year’s theme is “Make Handwashing a Habit!” The Global Public-Private Partnership for Handwashing advises for handwashing to be effective it must be practiced consistently at key times, such as after using the toilet or before contact with food.