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Illume backs Clean Your Hands Day to beat antibiotic resistance

Here at Illume we are keen to ensure all of our clients receive the best possible care and that is why we are backing the World Health Organization’s Clean Your Hands Day tomorrow (May 5).

This day is an annual event to raise awareness of the part that proper hand hygiene can play in reducing antimicrobial resistance as well as rates of healthcare associated infections.

Tim Rumney, practice owner and clinical director at Illume, says: “As a practice, we take hygiene very seriously and proper hand washing is key to not only preventing the spread of infections but also in the fight against antibiotic resistance.

“The theme of the campaign ‘Antibiotics: Handle with Care’ reflects the overarching message that antibiotics are a precious resource and should be preserved. They should be used to treat bacterial infections, only when prescribed by a certified health professional such as doctors or dentists and should never be shared or saved for the future.

“I would also urge all clients to be aware of the importance of ensuring their own hand hygiene to prevent them spreading the resistance as well,” he added.

Alison Rumney, non-clinical director, adds that clients should be reassured that Illume takes hand hygiene seriously.

She says: “We have very strict policies in place regarding hand washing and cross infection that conform to the Department of Health’s HTM 01-05 guidance.

“We ensure all staff have the best possible hand hygiene and our policies include instructions on appropriate washing techniques that are displayed next to all of the practice’s designated basins.

“Staff will wash their hands either with soap or alcohol-based skin-disinfectant gels between every client we see and they also need to ensure nails are short, clean and free of nail polish or false nails to prevent cross infection.

“The fact that no dentist practice has been the source of an MRSA infection shows that the guidance we follow really does make a difference to everyone’s well-being,” she added.