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Hygiene education programme helps pupils fight germs

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Pupils are learning how to clean their hands in five easy steps as part of an innovative hand hygiene education programme.

The programme - fronted by animated character Professor Albie - teaches pupils how to clean their hands in a fun and interactive way, helping them learn life-long skills.

The resource, created by the Albany Healthy Schools programme, includes a teacher’s guide, lesson plans and quiz sheets, created by educational experts.

Each resource is targeted at a different age group and helps children to learn about the importance of correct hand cleaning and the science behind germs and illness.

Dr Ron Cutler, deputy head of bio-sciences at Queen Mary, University of London, said: “School hygiene has never been more important. Without appropriate hygiene management and education systems, viruses can easily take hold and spread throughout a school, demonstrated with the outbreaks of swine flu and, more recently, the winter vomiting virus.”

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  • Watch out for an increase in OCD!

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  • and skin disorders!

    Honestly, if somebody doesn't know how to wash their hands properly or about personal hygiene they shouldn't be let into nursing in the first place.

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  • Honestly - if someone can't read an article properly and realise it was talking about school children being taught how to wash their hands properly they shouldn't be let into nursing in the first place!

    More worrying is the fact that people don't realise that everybody (including student nurses) does need to be taught how to wash their hands properly and that it isn't obvious / natural. Such complacent / superior / ignorant / cynical attitudes are exactly why infections abound in healthcare and the wider community.

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    'Such complacent / superior / ignorant / cynical attitudes are exactly why infections abound in healthcare and the wider community'

    that you so arrogantly accuse me of, I know how to wash my hands properly according to protocol of the infection control specialists thank you very much so why don't all other nurses and those looking after patients.

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