Maintaining clean and germ-free hands is essential for everyone, everywhere, but particularly for those living or working in health care settings.
We use our hands to perform hundreds of tasks each day and so they are constantly in contact with bacteria which is easily transferred and can prove harmful to ourselves and to others. Because we can’t always see dirt on our hands, it’s easy to assume that they are clean, but bacterial microbes are invisible to the naked eye.
Effective hand hygiene plays a very important role in infection prevention and control and in reducing the risk of infection in health care settings. At the very least, hands should be washed thoroughly with soap and warm water as frequently as possible, this is sufficient for general social contact and most clinical care activities.
It is important to wash your hands:
- If your hands are obviously dirty
- Before eating or handling food
- After using the toilet
- After changing nappies
- If you are a patient and have diarrhoea and/or vomiting
- If you are visiting a patient who is experiencing diarrhoea and/or vomiting
- If you are a patient and have any symptoms of coughs or influenza (flu)
- If you are visiting a patient who has any symptoms of coughs or influenza
For additional cleanliness and peace of mind, we recommend the use of hand sanitisers. Alcohol hand sanitisers are a quick and convenient alternative to hand washing for hands which are not visibly contaminated with dirt or organic material, especially when soap and water for hand washing is not readily available (although using both would be preferable). You will usually see hand-sanitising units strategically placed around entrances and exits in hospitals, clinics, nurseries and care-homes.
Guidelines for Hand Hygiene
Hand washing technique
- A good hand washing technique involves wetting the hands under warm running water before applying liquid soap.
- The hands should be rubbed together for 15 – 20 seconds so that the soapy water comes into contact with all surfaces of each hand.
- It is important to wash under any rings and it is advisable to remove wristwatches before washing.
- Hands should be rinsed thoroughly and then dried with paper towels.
Using hand sanitiser
- Hands should be free of visible dirt.
- Enough hand sanitiser should be used to completely cover all the surfaces of each hand.
The hands should be rubbed together until the solution has evaporated.
B&M Supplies offer a wide range of soap dispensers and hand sanitising products. You don’t need to work in a health care setting to benefit from clean hands – every home and place of work would benefit from better hand hygiene. Here are some of our best-selling hand-hygiene solutions:
PURELL® LTX-12™ Dispenser – Brushed Chrome/Black
This high capacity 1200 ml PURELL® touch free dispenser is ideal for high traffic areas. Large sight window, skylight and crystal clear refill bottles make it easy to check fill status. A Removable pump makes recycling easy.
PURELL® ADX-7™ Push-Style Dispenser for PURELL® Hand Sanitiser
A compact design ideal for tight spaces which includes a large sight window for at-a-glance monitoring. Also converts to a locking dispenser (key included).