Social media is more than a place where you can speak to your friends or watch footage of cute kittens in bathtubs – it’s also vital to the promotion of effective hand hygiene.
That’s the lesson learned by The Faculty of General Dental Practice and Association of Clinical Oral Microbiologists (ACOM), which are trying to persuade dental professionals to take to social media to support effective handwashing. On the 5th May, the dental associations posted ‘hand hygiene supports safe dental care’ on their various social media sites.
An important message
Support from leading dental bodies has bolstered efforts from the World Health Organisation (WHO), which has claimed that dentists can play an important part in changing attitudes towards effective hand hygiene.
The social media posts followed news that more than four million patients are affected by healthcare-acquired infections every year in Europe, costing around £5.5 billion in additional healthcare and direct financial losses.
Checking your hands
Dr Mick Horton, FGDP(UK) dean, and Dr Melanie Wilson, chair of ACOM, said, “Dental patients are in your hands, so always check what’s on your hands.
“Don’t spread infections, but do spread the word – sign up to our Thunderclap today, then share the link with your colleagues.”
It’s a positive move when it comes to raising awareness about a subject many people choose to ignore. To ensure that your hygiene facilities are up to scratch, pick up a hygiene survey from us today.