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Olympic inspired torch relay spreads important hygiene message

Nursing academics from Plymouth University have been keeping the Olympic spirit alive with a sporting approach to promoting hand hygiene.
Torch tour

Nursing academics from Plymouth University have been keeping the Olympic spirit alive with a sporting approach to promoting hand hygiene.

School of nursing lecturers Maria Bennallick and Andy Nichols have carried an Olympic torch around local landmarks to promote the message: clean hands save lives.

The stunt is part of the hand hygiene torch relay run by the Infection Prevention Society (IPS), which continues until 26 September.

Ms Bennallick said: Hand hygiene can be so simple, yet so important, and is something we always emphasise to our students.

Hand hygiene is the most important way to stop the spread of germs and break the chain of infection.

As part of the tour,

Nursing academics from Plymouth University have been keeping the Olympic spirit alive with a sporting approach to promoting hand hygiene.

School of nursing lecturers Maria Bennallick and Andy Nichols have carried an ‘Olympic’ torch around local landmarks to promote the message: clean hands save lives.

Torch tour
Pictured (L-R) nursing student Michael Rymer; Maria Bennallick; Head of School of Nursing and Midwifery Bridie Kent; Executive Dean of the Faculty of Health Trish Livsey; and Andy Nichols

The stunt is part of the hand hygiene torch relay run by the Infection Prevention Society (IPS), which continues until 26 September.

Ms Bennallick said: ‘Hand hygiene can be so simple, yet so important, and is something we always emphasise to our students.

‘Hand hygiene is the most important way to stop the spread of germs and break the chain of infection.’

As part of the tour, the university team used ultraviolet light to demonstrate how effectively, or ineffectively, people cleaned their hands.

Dr Nichols said: ‘People are surprised by what can remain on their hands after they have washed them.

‘We hope this IPS relay helps to further hammer the message home.’

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