The impact of hand-drying options in healthcare environments
Wednesday 20th March 11:30 - 12:00
Studies prove that the hand-drying system offered in washrooms should be carefully chosen, especially in healthcare environments such hospitals, clinics and care homes where hygiene is paramount. This presentation will compare the hygiene of different hand-drying systems, including electric dryers and towels. Using data and video, details will be presented of scientific studies which show that the choice of hand-drying system affects the number and spread of microbes on the hands and the contamination of users and the washroom environment. Included will be the latest multi-site study carried out in hospitals in France, Italy and the UK.
Speaker: Keith Redway, Emeritus Fellow in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at University of Westminster
Keith Redway is Emeritus Fellow in the Department of Biomedical Sciences, University of Westminster. He has carried out consultancy work for UK and European companies and published scientific studies on the hygiene of different hand drying methods. He has been a member of ETS’s Scientific Expert Panel since 2013.