Voice of Scotland; HYGIENE Awareness Campaigns Have Had a Dramatic Impact, but It Is Vital Everyone Continues to Realise Just How Crucial Hand-Washing Is in the Battle against Sickness and Disease. NHS Grampian's Infection Control Manager John McKinnon Tells Us Why. Healthier Scotland SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT
THE most important thing anyone can do in attempting to control infection is to ensure they wash their hands regularly, effectively and efficiently.
It is a known fact that if people wash their hands it will reduce the spread of infection. And that means all infections from colds and flu right up to the super bugs.
The hands are the main source of transmission of germs, which means if you wash or decontaminate hands regularly, you reduce the transmission which means you reduce the spread of infection.
It is not rocket science, washing your hands is a simple measure but an incredibly effective one.
When I started working in the health service, handwashing was just something we did, it was second nature, now it seems to have become something that has to be added to a list of things to do.
It has a lot to do with the fact hospitals are a lot busier than they were, the number of patients much greater and there doesn't seem to be the same emphasis on infection control during training there used to be.
But we have to get to the stage where hospital staff feel that patients and visitors are aware enough of hand washing that they might challenge non-washing of hands. Of course, infection control is not just an issue for hospitals and the campaign has been designed to raise awareness of just how important it is to wash hands in schools, nurseries, health centres, shops and dental surgeries. …