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Celebrating Hand Hygiene Day: A Reminder of Our First Line of Defence

As we mark Hand Hygiene Day this 5th of May, it's a great opportunity for all of us at FeelCare Home Care Services to revisit the critical role hand hygiene plays in our daily operations and in ensuring the health and safety of both our carers and the clients we cherish. Proper hand hygiene is not just a personal responsibility; it's a professional imperative that can dramatically reduce the spread of infections and enhance the quality of care we provide.

The Importance of Hand Hygiene in Home Care

In the context of home care, where carers frequently transition between environments and interact closely with vulnerable populations, hand hygiene is paramount. It is our first line of defence against the transmission of infectious agents. By maintaining rigorous hand hygiene standards, we can prevent the spread of germs that can lead to illnesses ranging from the common cold to more severe infections like the flu, MRSA, and even COVID-19.

What Does Good Hand Hygiene Look Like?

Good hand hygiene involves more than a quick rinse under water. It includes several steps and considerations to ensure effectiveness:

1. Use of Proper Supplies: Always use soap and clean, running water. If soap and water are not available, an alcohol-based hand sanitiser with at least 60% alcohol can be used.

2. Correct Technique: When washing hands with soap and water, wet your hands first with water, apply the amount of soap recommended by the manufacturer, and rub your hands together to create a lather. Scrub all surfaces of your hands, including palms, backs, fingers, between fingers, and under nails, for at least 20 seconds (about the length of singing "Happy Birthday" twice).

3. Rinse and Dry: Rinse hands thoroughly under clean, running water. Dry hands using a clean towel or air dry them. Remember, germs can be transferred more easily to and from wet hands, so thorough drying is essential.

4. Regularly and When Needed: Handwashing should occur before and after touching a client, after touching potentially contaminated surfaces, before handling food, after using the restroom, and whenever hands are visibly dirty.

Hand Hygiene Day is not just about recognising the importance of handwashing; it's about taking action to ensure that we're all practicing this simple, yet effective, preventive measure. By focusing on proper hand hygiene, we're not only protecting ourselves but also those we care for. Let's continue to lead by example, showing our commitment to providing the safest and most compassionate care possible.
Thank you for all that you do, and here's to maintaining the highest standards of cleanliness and care!

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