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Pilot study suggests environmental microbial contamination risk

Hospital washrooms with jet air dryers have higher microbial burden suggests pilot study November 2017- A pilot study undertaken by experts from the Microbiology department at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and the University of Leeds suggests that hospital washrooms with jet air dryers may have higher levels of environmental microbial contamination than those using [...]

Pilot study suggests environmental microbial contamination risk2017-11-25T13:08:17+00:00

Multisite study across three countries explores impact of hand drying method on contamination and bacteria levels in hospital toilets

Leading Medical Microbiologist Professor Mark Wilcox to present his latest study at Infection Prevention Society Conference 2018 Professor Mark Wilcox, MD, consultant microbiologist and Head of R&D in Microbiology at the University of Leeds and Leeds Teaching Hospitals, will present the results of his latest study at the prestigious Infection Prevention Society 2018 Conference being held [...]

Multisite study across three countries explores impact of hand drying method on contamination and bacteria levels in hospital toilets2018-09-26T09:07:56+00:00

NEW! Position on the use of air dryers vs. paper hand towels (September 2018)

The document outlines ETS’ position on the use of paper hand towels for hand drying. It explains  why single use towels are one of the best options for the promotion of good hand hygiene. Scientific studies have demonstrated that the use of absorbent single use towels to dry the hands offers the optimal level of hygiene [...]

NEW! Position on the use of air dryers vs. paper hand towels (September 2018)2018-09-12T14:23:23+00:00

HAND HYGIENE IN HOSPITAL WASHROOMS – Prof. MARK WILCOX interviewed by SKY NEWS

"You do your business, flush the toilets, and then give your hands a good wash. The problem is too many people are taking shortcuts. Research in hospital toilets, focusing on hand drying, shows you what’s just been splattered around including fecal matter and dangerous bacteria." Find out more and the link at the complete study [...]

HAND HYGIENE IN HOSPITAL WASHROOMS – Prof. MARK WILCOX interviewed by SKY NEWS2018-09-10T09:52:17+00:00

Multisite hospital study demonstrates hand drying method can affect risk of bacterial dissemination

Findings have important implications for minimising risk of cross infection in hospital washrooms A new, real-life multisite study has found that washrooms have significantly less bacterial contamination when equipped with paper towels for hand drying instead of using jet air dryers. The study, led by Professor Mark Wilcox of the University of Leeds and Leeds [...]

Multisite hospital study demonstrates hand drying method can affect risk of bacterial dissemination2018-09-07T14:08:52+00:00

Hand hygiene guidance published by SF2H (French Society for Hospital Hygiene) highlights the risks posed by electric dryers

Guidance recommends the use of single use paper towels as the most effective hand drying method in minimising the spread of microorganisms New guidance on hand hygiene published by the French Society for Hospital Hygiene, SF2H, strongly discourages the use of electric hand dryers as a method of hand drying in hospital washrooms, and recommends instead [...]

Hand hygiene guidance published by SF2H (French Society for Hospital Hygiene) highlights the risks posed by electric dryers2018-08-25T06:19:47+00:00

Why Paper Towels are the smart choice for drying hands?

Are you exploring hand drying solutions for public washrooms? Effective hand hygiene is crucial to minimize the spread of infections. Public washrooms, which serve many people each day, must offer a safe and effective method for hand drying. Single-use paper towels are the optimal choice. When compared to other hand drying methods, scientific studies and the [...]

Why Paper Towels are the smart choice for drying hands?2018-07-20T10:26:43+00:00

Hand drying method can affect risk of microbial contamination in hospital settings

HAND DRYING - "First do no harm" Highlights of multisite study across three countries to be presented at RAI/Interclean 2018 Professor Mark Wilcox MD, consultant microbiologist, Leeds Teaching hospitals, UK will present highlights from his latest research study into washroom contamination at Interclean 2018 in Amsterdam. “Hand hygiene is one of the most important components [...]

Hand drying method can affect risk of microbial contamination in hospital settings2018-07-20T10:26:43+00:00

Bacteria and spores dispersion by hand dryers

 a NEW STUDY conducted at the University of Connecticut investigates the Deposition of Bacteria and Bacterial Spores by Bathroom Hot Air Hand Dryers.  Huesca-Espitia, L.C. et al. (2018). Deposition of Bacteria and Bacterial Spores by Bathroom Hot Air Hand Dryers. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. doi:10.1128/AEM.00044-18   A Short summary of the journal paper by Keith Redway [...]

Bacteria and spores dispersion by hand dryers2018-07-20T10:26:44+00:00

TIPS TO HELP TO WARD OFF THE FLU THIS WINTER

Dry hands with single-use paper towels to keep you and your family healthy Monday 19 January, 2018 Europe is currently in the grip of a flu epidemic. WHO and ECDC’s FluNewsEurope reports both influenza A and B viruses as widespread across the continent . As health services are strained to the limit, major public information [...]

TIPS TO HELP TO WARD OFF THE FLU THIS WINTER2018-02-21T17:28:34+00:00

Keith Redway interview with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Think it doesn't matter how you dry your hands? Think again. Sunday December 17, 2017 Keith Redway, Emeritus Fellow in the Department of Biomedical Sciences, University of Westminster, London, was interviewed on Sunday, December 17, during "The Sunday Edition", broadcasted by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.  In his Interview, the popular Radio Broadcaster Michael Enright, extensively  discusses  the [...]

Keith Redway interview with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation2018-07-20T10:26:44+00:00