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Hand hygiene, the most effective way of killing the flu virus

Millions of germs are picked up by hands during every-day activities. Many of these are harmless but some cause illness such as colds, flu and stomach bugs.

Hand hygiene is essential to prevent the transfer of these germs to other people and surfaces to stop spread of illness.

Poor hand hygiene can lead to the spread of Campylobacter, Salmonella, MRSA, Impetigo and Flu.

Wash your hands regularly with soap and water, or using an alcohol-based product (gels, rinses, foams) that doesn’t require water – even when they aren’t visibly dirty.

Hand Hygiene can play a vital role in preventing the transmission of the influenza virus and is the single most effective way of killing the flu virus.

Wash your hands before you:

  • prepare or eat food
  • treat a cut or a wound
  • visit a hospital ward
  • inserting or removing contact lenses

Wash your hands after you:

  • use the toilet
  • blow your nose, cough or sneeze
  • touch a sick or injured person
  • handle rubbish
  • handle uncooked food
  • visit a hospital ward
  • touch animals or animal waste
  • change a nappy

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Antibacterial Hand Rubs and Wipes

  • Require less time to use
  • Result in a significantly greater reduction in bacterial numbers than soap and water in many clinical situations
  • Cause less irritation to the skin
  • Can be made readily accessible to HCWs
  • Are more cost effective

Employees that feel unwell with flu-like symptoms like coughing and sneezing should stay at home in order to prevent the disease being passed on to colleagues and other individuals.

In the workplace is highly recommended to practice good personal hygiene measures like washing your hands or using antibacterial hand rubs and using disposable tissues to control coughs and sneezes.

Antibacterial Hand Rubs are becoming more and more popular and have been proven to be more effective at disinfecting clean hands. However, cleaning your hands with soap and water is still required when the hands are dirty or soiled. The popularity of the antibacterial hand rubs is partly because of their convenience to use. Antibacterial Hand Rubs can be wall mounted anywhere in the company, can be placed on individual’s desks and the portable ones improve hand hygiene while on the move. As antibacterial hand rubs don’t require washing the hands after, they are a quick option in preventing infection as well as ideal for environments where access to water is limited.

One of the brands that firstaid.co.uk recommends is PURELL. PURELL is one of the most trusted hand sanitizer all over the world and the one most preferred by doctors and professionals.

PURELL provides different solutions to hand hygiene depending on your needs.

One of their most popular products, PURELL Hand Rub Pump is effective at killing 99.99% of most common germs, viruses and pathogens in as little as 15 seconds and is convenient to use. The dispensers can be placed anywhere, so hand hygiene is no longer restricted to the confines of a sink. PURELL Hand Rub Pump is gentle to the hands with moisturising ingredients to help keep skin supple. Wall mounting brackets for 350ml bottles are also available.

PURELL also offers a compact version, practical pocket sized hand hygiene on the move, available in either a pump or flip top bottle. PURELL hand rub kills 99.99% of common germs that may be harmful and is specially formulated with moisturisers to leave hands feeling soft and refreshed. PURELL Hand Rub is recommended for use on hands that are lightly soiled and in conjunction with a hand hygiene regimen. The hand rub conforms to EN 1500, EN 1040, and EN 12054. (GJ9650)

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