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Top 5 Hand Hygiene Articles in 2017 So Far...

Patrick Boshell
June 27, 2017

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We're half-way through 2017 which makes it the perfect time to re-visit some of the most popular hand hygiene and skin care articles of the year. We've taken the top 5 hand hygiene and skin care articles of 2017 and summarized them for you here. Drum roll please...

 

1. How Much Hand Soap Should You Use?

Washing with soap – not just water – is vital to proper hygiene. Despite this, in recent times some manufacturers have promoted smaller and smaller hand soap dosages, enabling them to claim an economic benefit due to more doses per liter of soap. Sadly, such claims are not supported by evidence and indeed product testing has shown that low dosage levels do not, in many instances, result in cleaning any better than using water alone, leaving people misled and potentially at risk of spreading infections despite their own best and well-intended efforts. So how much soap should you use, and what type? Read more...

 

2. Keeping Food Safe

Every year 5.5 million people are affected by foodborne illnesses in the UK[1]. A frightening statistic, which is made even more alarming when you think about how easily the pathogens responsible for foodborne illnesses are spread. Whether it’s from direct contact with other food, hands, equipment, surfaces or utensils, cross-contamination during food preparation is a significant factor associated with food-related illness. Read more...

 

3. Antibiotic Resistance: A Global Issue

Antimicrobial resistance has gained notoriety as one of the most pressing public health issues the world faces today. It is occurring everywhere in the world, compromising our ability to treat infectious diseases, as well as undermining many other advances in health and medicine.

The treatment for patients with antimicrobial resistant infections is costlier, requires additional testing and expensive drugs to treat.  In the US the estimated number of illnesses caused by antimicrobial resistance is more than 2 million per year, with approximately 23,000 deaths; in Europe its 25,000. Read more...

 

4. Bin The Bulk, It’s Safer Sealed

There used to be nothing but bulk. Whether it was public toilets or office washrooms, schools or hospitals – soap dispensers holding their product in a refillable reservoir were the only alternative to a bar of soap or a lotion from a bottle.

For good reasons: bulk dispensers left far less mess than bar soaps and were inexpensive. But budget-driven decisions in favour of bulk systems did not always take into a consideration an issue that we now recognise as extremely problematic: bacterial contamination. Read more...

 

5. The Germiest Places in Shopping Mall 

Depending who you ask, going to the mall is either a positive experience or a negative one for many reasons. One reason you may not have considered is that with hundreds of people walking around, touching the merchandise, eating and using the public restrooms every day, bacteria spreads easily from person to person.

So when it comes to shopping malls, assuming most people don't properly wash their hands, where are we most likely to pick up viruses like e.coli, norovirus, influenza and others. Read more... 

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