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We all play a role in stopping the spread of infections and the best way to do this is to practice hand hygiene. Hand hygiene is a term use to describe washing hands with soap and water or a hand-rub gel or foam solution. There is hand-rub gel on the end of every patient’s bed and on entry to and within all wards.
Hand hygiene is the single most important activity that assists in reducing hospital infections. Hands may look clean but there are often many invisible germs that are present and can be transmitted from person to person and across various environments. When unwell, natural defences are weakened and hospital acquired infections can lead to prolonged illness, a longer hospital stay and a slower recovery.
We can all help beat infections by regularly performing easy and quick hand hygiene. If you don’t see your health care workers washing their hands, we ask that you remind them to do so.
When your hands are visibly clean you should:
When your hands are visibly dirty you should: