Hand Hygiene and Infection Control
“So you think you have clean hands? Typically we have between 10,000 and 10 million germs on our clean hands! This number doubles when we have used the toilet. Research in London estimates that if everyone routinely washed their hands after using the toilet a million deaths could be prevented
“StepNpull is a product I would personally like to see installed in every hospital, school, restaurant, public house, or indeed anywhere where there is a public toilet. It’s a truly innovative product and one that could change the world.”
Dr Klaus Misch BSc FRCP
Dr Misch trained at Charing Cross Hospital following this he did his Dermatology speciality training at St John’s Hospital for Diseases of the Skin in London and St George’s Hospital.
His main research work was investigating mediators of inflammation in skin disease.
He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, British Association of Dermatologists, and the Royal Society of Medicine.
He was appointed the sole consultant dermatologist at Kingston Hospital in 1986 and has developed the dermatology service to provide a comprehensive range of diagnostic and treatment regime for skin cancer and all skin diseases.
As a consultant I often get asked by my patients why hand washing is so important after using the bathroom. The problem is with using the toilet is that there are many more dangerous bacteria that exist within our faeces (poo) than we might realise.
The other problem is that other people using the public toilet might not be as clean or take care of their personal hygiene as much as we do.
Germs found in public toilets are incredibly high. For example E.coli is regularly found in bathrooms which can make you very ill. These germs are tiny and completely invisible to the human eye, and they could be hiding anywhere, the toilet seat, the doorknob, any bathroom surface that you come into contact with.
Once you come into contact with these invisible germs and then say eat your lunch with those unwashed hands you could make yourself very ill, or indeed contaminate your friend, partner or child. By not washing your hands you leave yourself open to all sorts of nasty germs.
So simply put, make sure you wash your hands correctly to rinse away those nasty toilet germs. The fewer surfaces you touch the better. In the past I have always recommend patients to leave the bathroom using a paper towel on the handle to ensure that the good work of washing their hands is not undone by others who choose not to wash. In fact, one patient (who was particularly nimble) told me how he used his foot to open the door on exit!
If you are concerned about this issue (and you should be) in your place of work, or public toilet that you frequent regularly – ask your manager or boss to install a StepNpull® The Foot Handle and greatly reduce the chances of contamination when you leave the toilet!
StepNpull® The Foot Handle
Keeping Clean hands Clean!