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“Mild soaps will help to protect the frequently- washed hands of healthcare workers.”


Dry, sore hands and skin infections could result in staff absenteeism which will put more pressure on other healthcare staff members – and this could cause real problems in times of crisis.


Experts advocate a thorough hand dry after washing for two crucial reasons. Germs are transferred more easily from wet hands on to surfaces where they pose a cross- contamination risk, and water removes the skin’s natural oils when it evaporates which means it has a drying effect on the hands. This could cause further discomfort to skin that is already sore.


The NHS recommends the use of lukewarm water for healthcare staff members who are prone to dermatitis or other skin conditions since this will gently remove all traces of soap. Mild soaps such as Tork Extra Mild Foam Soap and Tork Extra Mild Liquid Soap will help to protect the frequently-washed hands of healthcare workers.


A soft, non-abrasive paper towel will also help to protect the hands – again, Tork Xpress Extra Soft Multifold Hand Towel is a good solution. The NHS recommends the provision of fragrance-free conditioning creams to prevent chapping and soreness: Tork Non-perfumed Hand & Body Lotion works well in this situation.


Hand sanitising will save time in situations where soap and water is unavailable and where the hands are not


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visibly soiled. However, time-savings will only be achieved if sanitiser dispensers are easy to locate and close to the point where they are needed.


The placement of dispensers is therefore all-important to prevent healthcare staff having to waste time hunting around for sanitiser.


Studies have shown that the number of dispensers supplied is less important than the points in which where they are positioned – and according to studies, optimising dispenser placement can increase usage by more than 50%.


Tork has issued a guide to optimum sanitiser dispenser placement at hospital entrances, at nurses’ stations, in a single bed room and on a four-bed ward. Tork Alcohol Hand Sanitisers are available in dispensers for general use as well as in smaller formats that can be clipped to a patient’s bed or issued to a medical worker.


In these difficult times it is more important than ever to ensure that healthcare hand hygiene regimes are never skimped. By ensuring that user-friendly hand washing and sanitising facilities are always available close to hand, the whole process will become faster and more efficient while the safety of patients and carers will be optimised.


www.tork.co.uk https://www.tork.co.uk/about/hygiene/dispenser-placement-healthcare/ twitter.com/TomoCleaning


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