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60% of men DO NOT wash their hands after visiting the toilet
40% of women DO NOT wash their hands after visiting the toilet
Touching a grab rail on the underground system brings you into contact with 5000 hands, many of which are unwashed!
There are more germs on a computer keyboard than there are on your toilet.
A survey on catering workers, which showed 39% did not wash their hands after going to the toilet and 53% did not do so before they prepared foods.
Over half the teenagers surveyed said they did not always wash their hands before eating lunch at school, even though two-thirds had a meal such as a packed lunch or burger and chips which they had to eat using their hands.
NOSOCOMIAL CROSS INFECTION
In the UK it is admitted by the government that at least 300,000 patients contract a NI during their stay in hospital with a mortality rate of 13% or 13,000 lives. This is estimated to cost the NHS as much as £1 billion per annum . It is generally accepted by the healthcare profession that the main route for the transmission of NI`s is cross infection via dirty hands and or dirty gloves
C Diff is most commonly spread on the infected hands of carers,
healthcare workers, visitors and patients.
Alcohol hand rubs will not prevent cross infection with C Diff, as the
spores are not killed by alcohol.