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ETS campaign charts research into hand drying over 15+ years

* ETS-hand-drying.jpgThe European Tissue Symposium is mounting a campaign to highlight the evolution of scientific research into hand drying over more than 15 years.

Hand drying discovery roadmap - A 15-year story, charts the numerous pieces of research undertaken into the merits of different hand drying methods and their implications for hygiene and cleanliness in the washroom and beyond.

The body of knowledge has been constantly reinforced over the past 15+ years - the research roadmap starts in 2008 with a study performed by the University of Westminster. The research has explored the various levels of bacteria on the hands associated with different hand drying methods, through to the latest research assessing the potential for viral contamination of users and environment via aerosols generated during hand drying.

Numerous studies have been carried out by researchers and academics from respected universities and hospitals. They explore the link between hand drying method and broader hygiene and make essential reading for all those responsible for upholding washroom hygiene and protecting the general public - from procurement managers in hospitals and public buildings through to landlords, restaurateurs and hoteliers.

The campaign centres around a timeline created by Professor Mark Wilcox OBE of the Leeds Teaching Hospitals and the University of Leeds, who has led a number of the studies, and shows how scientific understanding and evidence has accumulated over the years.

The Hand drying Discovery Roadmap - A 15 year story - campaign illustrates how our understanding of the importance of hand drying as a part of the hand hygiene process has evolved, as new studies explore different angles. It underlines the importance of applying sound science in providing clear evidence to support public health and determine the most hygienic way to dry hands and minimise the spread of infection.


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