Monday, April 15, 2024

Basildon hospital: washing hands key part of prevention

SIMPLE soap and water is key to staying well this winter according to the infection prevention and control team at Basildon University Hospital.

As we mark this year’s Global Handwashing Day (15 October), the Trust is reminding all staff, patients and visitors to wash their hands thoroughly, especially as the winter months approach when viruses and illnesses are more prevalent.

Washing with soap and water AND using hand sanitiser helps stop the spread of infections, from minor ailments such as colds, to more serious infections like norovirus, flu and C.Diff.

Sian Olivio, head of infection, prevention and control, said: “Global Handwashing Day is the perfect time to remind everyone to wash their hands thoroughly and frequently to stop the spread of infection.

“The best way to stay healthy is to practice hand hygiene, especially during winter. Norovirus, C difficile and flu are highly infectious and can easily be passed from person to person. Simply washing your hands with soap and water considerably reduces that risk.”


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