4 out of 5 nurses believe the public is poorly educated on infection prevention

  • 100% UK nurses report undertaking infection prevention at home since COVID-19
  • Changes to their household hygiene routine including various hygiene or sanitising practices, and educating their family members on infection prevention (79%)
  • The vast majority of Hospital Staff feel there is much more to be done to educate the public on infection prevention as COVIDPaul-19 cases continue to rise

19th October 2020: For Infection Prevention Week 2020, GAMA Healthcare, the number 1 provider of disinfectant wipes to the NHS, surveyed over 500 NHS nurses for their insights on infection prevention in light of COVID-191.

With 84% nurses involved in infection prevention at their hospital or clinic since COVID-19, 79% have chosen to educate their family and households on the best practices learnt on the job. New behaviours adopted include washing their hands as soon as they return home (86%), wiping down home surfaces more frequently (72%), sanitising possessions (74%), changing clothes (68%) and showering when returning home (55%).

However, 4 out of 5 nurses believed that the public are poorly educated on infection prevention and control. Nurse Pat Cattini from Infection Prevention Society, comments: “Although people have the best intentions, there is still a lot to be done to educate on cleaning technique and motivate behaviour change. I have seen the public use baby wipes to sanitise surfaces and possessions or wear face masks over their mouth but not their nose. This simply will not be enough to keep themselves safe from COVID-19.

Dr. Guy Braverman, Managing Director & Co-Founder of GAMA Healthcare, said, “Infection Prevention Week is a good time to talk about best practice. Now more than ever, keeping surfaces and possessions clean is going to be an important part of how we live our lives and a vital part of how families make their homes safe. Longer-term we will end up with a more formalised discipline of Infection Prevention & Control (IPC) outside of the healthcare setting. Every hospital has a dedicated IPC team who help keep patients. The question now is how businesses keep staff safe and how people keep their home environment safe.”

“Infection prevention is a science. It is a blend of microbiology, product design and behavioural psychology. It’s about educating each other on how and why to decontaminate things safely. Basic tasks like washing hands and wiping down surfaces can have a big impact. We do not just want people to feel safe. We want them to be safe.”

Prof Val Edwards-Jones, independent Microbiologist comments: “Infection Prevention Week is an important reminder to check our technique and behaviour when cleaning. Clinell Universal Wipes can keep the home clean and free from possible infection found on high touch areas, especially during the current COVID-19 crisis.”

Findings from the survey show that public understanding and product choice needs to be improved.

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