PFM 21 5 Jul 2018 - Page 12



NEWS
news
Research Reveals The Disgusting Truth
W
ith nearly 95% of adults not
washing long enough to
thoroughly
clean
the
bacteria and viruses from their
hands, Kimberly-Clark Professional*
invites you to discover The
Disgusting Truth about jet air dryers
that force you to share bacteria and
viruses.
When you take into consideration that
nearly 95% of adults do not wash long
enough to thoroughly clean the bacteria
and viruses from their hands the way
you dry your hands becomes even more
important. Jet air dryers have been
found to increase the numbers of
bacteria on hands, compared to hands
dried with paper towels. Additionally, jet
air dryers can blow water droplets that
can contain bacteria and viruses into the
surrounding environment, increasing the
potential spread of pathogens.
These devices are often depicted as a
compact, faster and more hygienic way
to dry your hands. But some surfaces of
jet air dryers can harbour up to 48 times
more bacteria than a toilet seat.
Independent scientific studies have
found:

Jet air dryers can increase the
bacteria on fingers by up to 42%

When drying your hands with a jet
air dryer, water droplets that could
contain bacteria and viruses are
blown into the air, travelling as far
as 2 metres (6.5 feet) and lingering
in the air for up to 15 minutes

70% of the viruses spread by jet air
dryers land at the height of a child’s
face

Using a jet air dryer dispersed
1,300 times more viruses than
drying with paper towels
There is a more hygienic choice. Drying
with paper towels reduces bacteria on
fingers by up to 77%. An article
published
in
the
Mayo
Clinic
Proceedings concluded that paper
towels are the best hand-drying option
in locations where “hygiene is
paramount”. The rubbing process of
paper towels physically removes
bacteria along with moisture. Single use
paper towels are critical to hand hygiene
and are recommended as the hand
drying method by the World Health
Organization (WHO) Guidelines on Hand
Hygiene in Health Care when faced with
a choice of drying methods, 90% of
people showed a behavioural preference
for paper towels over jet air dryers in the
washroom.
Kimberly-Clark Professional invites you
to discover The Disgusting Truth about
jet
air
dryers
at
www.DisgustingTruth.co.uk, a new
website featuring the science supporting
Kimberly-Clark Professional’s concerns
and how you can build a more hygienic
washroom environment.
Please visit www.kcprofessional.com
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