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Student nurses help with hand hygiene world record attempt

Student nurses helped thousands of Glasgow primary school pupils in a Guinness World Record attempt on Wednesday, aimed at promoting the importance of good hand hygiene.

Around 5,400 pupils from 62 schools across the city took part in a simultaneous hand hygiene lesson.

They were aiming to exceed the current record held by the former Health Protection Agency in England, which featured 2,147 pupils from 21 schools across the UK.

The Glasgow project took place simultaneously across the city at 1.30pm and was led by student nurses from Glasgow Caledonian University, who volunteered to work with teachers to deliver the 40-minute lesson.

Valerie Ness, Glasgow Caledonian University lecturer in nursing and community health, said: “Student nurses [taught] primary children the importance of hand hygiene, how and when to wash their hands and the importance of covering their mouth when they sneeze.

“More than 180 student volunteers were recruited from GCU nursing programmes. Many are volunteering in their own time and have shown great enthusiasm towards the project,” she said.

The hand hygiene project was arranged by Professor Tracey Howe, deputy chair of the partnership organisation behind the Glasgow City of Science initiative.

She said: “I am absolutely thrilled with the response to our world record attempt.

“The synchronised session not only ensured more than 5,400 Glasgow primary pupils recognise the science behind proper hand hygiene and its significance in reducing the risk of infections; it helped them do so while having fun and interacting with their school friends.”

The results of the world record attempt will take six weeks to confirm.

  • Pictured are GCU student nurse Jenna-Marie Whyte with pupils from John Paul II Primary School in Castlemilk

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