Hand hygiene emphasis “in the hunt for marginal gains”
British athletes will soon be instructed in effective hand washing techniques in preparation for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic games – described as a “new frontier” in a hunt for “marginal gains” in a recent report on the Guardian website.
They will be using the SureWash online training programme before the Olympic and Paralympic games next year, writes Paul MacInnes, who highlighted the fact that respiratory illnesses are the “primary cause of lost training days among elite athletes”.
Soap and water in preference to alcohol rubs
This has come about as a recommendation of the English Institute of Sport, says the article. The hand washing training is reportedly based around the WHO’s Clean hands protect against infection advice, which advocates washing with soap and water rather than gels.
The importance of effective hand hygiene was recognised by the organisers of the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia, who hired 125 Teal Super Stallette portable hand wash units for the duration of the event.
One of the initiative’s lead researchers, a consultant respiratory physician at the Royal Brompton hospital is quoted in the article. Dr James Hull said
“We’ve done some work that shows people’s recollection of how to wash their hands is actually very poor.”
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