Hand hygiene is an incredibly basic every-day infection control measure, and one of the most important means of preventing the spread of infectious pathogens. Hand hygiene should be used at home, at work, and especially in healthcare environments where there may be more bugs and more susceptible individuals. That includes veterinary clinics. Also keep in mind that while hand hygiene seems quite simple, a lot of people don’t actually do it properly. That can be risky because they think they have cleaned their hands, when in fact they may still be harbouring germs.
Here is a short educational video that was put together showing some of the dos and don’ts of hand hygiene in a clinic setting. The video is primarily targeting veterinarians, veterinary staff and students, but others may find it informative as well.