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Stay in Control

The experts from GAMA Healthcare identify the crucial hygiene rules all care staff must follow to ensure that the risk of infection is kept as low as possible in health and care settings, particularly during this testing time.

As we all know, COVID-19 is a highly contagious infectious disease. While most people will experience mild to moderate symptoms, the elderly are at greater risk of becoming seriously ill. Those who live in care homes are at an increased risk as residents usually have multiple underlying health conditions and infection-prevention control best practice may not be at the same level as a hospital.

It is therefore important that care staff remain vigilant and are up- to-date on best practice hygiene and infection-prevention control practice as government advice is constantly evolving. This will be key to preventing the spread of the virus in care settings.


It is important that care staff wash and disinfect their hands frequently to help limit the spread of the virus. When disinfecting hands, care staff should use Clinell Antimicrobial hand wipes. Clinell Antimicrobial Hand Wipes contain aloe vera, helping to keep the skin healthy, while also killing 99.99% of viruses and bacteria. There should also be emphasis on correct handwashing. Studies have found that correct handwashing can limit the spread of coronavirus by 69%. Research has also found that most people do not wash their hands correctly, forgetting to disinfectant areas such as between the fingers, fingertips and thumbs.

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It is also imperative that staff know when to perform hand hygiene. It is crucial that staff wash hands before and aſter touching a resident, alongside using the appropriate PPE, to prevent germs being transferred to the resident from their hands. Thorough handwashing techniques are especially vital prior to any aseptic procedures, such as dressing changes or taking bloods. This reduces the risk of germs entering the body during the procedure. For further guidance on dressing changes,Molnlycke Healthcare offer a suite of free resources for care workers. Extensive hand hygiene should also take place following any exposure to bodily fluid and aſter touching a resident’s possessions or surrounding furniture.


It is important that PPE is available for staff to use, particularly face coverings. Coronavirus travels in the air by small droplets and can land on people or on surfaces. Staff wearing face coverings can reduce the dispersion of these droplets. Staff should use face coverings correctly and remove them safely to prevent the spread of the virus.

Face coverings should cover both the nose and mouth; not dangle around the neck; should not be touched once on the face and should be changed if they become moist or damaged. In care settings, masks should be disposable aſter one use,

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