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Team members and visitors to Rural Northwest Health can have better protection for their skin after the installation of a new hand hygiene system.

A new range of soap, sanitiser and hand cream dispensers have been installed at all three campuses to increase the level of hygiene while providing the added skin care protection. Rural Northwest Health infection control nurse Maree Bell said the installation of the foam dispensers would help her role.

“We had a liquid crème hygiene system in place but after extensive surveying and testing with our team members, we decided to switch to the foam system,” Mrs Bell said.

“Our feedback so far has suggested that the foam soap was gentler on sensitive skin but still an effective cleanser,” she said.

“We have also added several new hand hygiene stations so that people can access the products from every corner of each campus.”

Mrs Bell said soap and water was still the best way to kill the germs that cause influenza.

“We should always be conscious of keeping our hands clean but during times when people are affected by diarrhea and vomiting or the flu, we must all clean our hands with soap and water,” she said.

“We can’t just rely on a sanitiser during these times because it’s not as effective.”

Mrs Bell said everyone that visited a place of care had a responsibility to clean their hands thoroughly both on arrival and departure.

“The easiest way to pass on germs is with our hands.”

The foam-based formula is also more environmentally friendly because there is less wastage.

 

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