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September 25th, 2015 Category: Local Authority & Housing

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Some healthcare providers may unintentionally be putting the health of their workers at risk by failing to clean their hands properly, according to new findings.

Spanish researchers discovered that more than half of healthcare workers commonly miss key areas of their hands when applying hand sanitiser.

Its data showed that fewer than 40 per cent of clinicians apply sanitiser to their thumbs.
Among the top three most frequently missed areas are the fingertips and backs of hands.

Some 705 workers were polled for the study, which showed that just 37.45 per cent of clinicians completely covered the area around their thumbs, while just 44.54 per cent managed to sanitise all of their fingertips.

The analysts asked workers to use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser mixed with a fluorescent marker.

A UV lamp was then used to highlight the areas that had been covered by the sanitiser.

Although the vast majority (99 per cent) were careful to clean between their fingers and palms, many failed to show the same level of caution with other parts of their hands.

For example, just 46.38 per cent of subjects covered the backs of their hands. 

Furthermore, just 67 of the 705 participants – or 9.5 per cent – applied sanitiser to all areas of both hands correctly.

Commercial

Food trays on airplanes are filthier than toilets, according to research.

A study published by Travelmath.com revealed that behind the tray table were 2,155 germ colony-forming units per square inch (CFU/sq.in).

Analysts also tested water fountains and revealed that drinking fountain buttons in airports were found to have 1,240 CFU/sq.in.

In addition, the dial which controls air vents was found to have 285 CFU/sq.in, while the buckle of a seat belt had 230 CFU/sq.in of germs.

In contrast, bathroom locks were only found to have 70 CFU/sq.in of germs.

Commenting on the findings, a spokesman from Travelmath.com, said: “Surprisingly, it is the one surface that our food rests on – the tray table – that was the dirtiest of all the locations and surfaces tested.

“Since this could provide bacteria direct transmission to your mouth, a clear takeaway from this is to eliminate any direct contact your food has with the tray table."

A separate study by the American National Science Foundation showed that the average toilet seat contained 172 CFU/sq – far less than on most airplanes.

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