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A Dirty Little Secret: Hand-Washing Spotty Among Day Care Staffers

health hand-washingA study making use of video cameras reveals that few child care workers strictly follow rules regarding hand-washing habits. Only 30 percent of caregivers followed proper hand washing procedure.

Key takeaways:

  • Proper hand washing procedure should be followed after tasks such as changing diapers, emptying garbage cans, wiping the nose, and preparing food.
  • Hand washing helps to prevent the transmission of diseases in children found in the early childhood centers.
  • Creative strategies are required to ensure that efficacy and compliance in hand washing. They will improve quality of health in early childhood settings.

“Studies have shown that children who spend time in an early childhood care center are two to three times more likely to acquire infections than children cared for in the home, with respiratory and gastrointestinal infections posing the highest risks.

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https://consumer.healthday.com/general-health-information-16/hygiene-health-news-396/hand-washing-spotty-among-adults-at-childcare-centers-717317.html

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Mike Dilkes MS FRCS(ORL-HNS), FRCSEd, FRCS

Mike Dilkes ENT is based in Central, North, East and South London. Most of our consultations and treatments are carried out either at The Hospital of St John and St Elizabeth or The London Independent Hospital. The Hospital of St John and St Elizabeth is one of London's biggest and most prestigious private hospitals.

It is in St Johns's Wood, a leafy area of the west end, just north of Harley Street and Regent's Park. The London Independent Hospital is in Stepney Green, hidden away just behind Mile End Road, just to the East of the City of London. Formally The London Jewish Hospital, it is a purpose built modern building with full facilities, beautifully appointed rooms, state of the art laser systems and, in case anything goes wrong (it really shouldn't), a fully covered Consultant 24 hour ward and Intensive Care presence - the only private hospital in London to have this.