Navigation Links
'Glowing Hands' Gel Shows Kids Where Dirt, Germs Linger
Date:6/17/2011

FRIDAY, June 17 (HealthDay News) -- Use of a glowing gel that reveals microscopic germs on the skin may help children improve their hand hygiene, according to new research.

The researchers said their findings, published in the June issue of Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, could have a lasting impact on efforts to reduce the spread of communicable disease.

"We found that using the gel alone to illustrate the areas of hands that may not be getting clean, even without verbal education, improves children's hand hygiene," said the study's principal investigator, Dr. Mary Groll of Northwestern University Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago, in a journal news release.

For the study, researchers asked 60 children waiting in an emergency room to apply Glo Germ Gel to their hands. The kids then placed their hands under a black light, which highlighted any dirt or bacteria with a yellow glow. Next, the children were asked to wash their hands with soap and water before placing them back under the black light. Based on the before and after results, researchers scored the kids' hand hygiene.

"Waiting for the doctor is usually a tiresome and unproductive experience, but we were able to turn the waiting room into an interactive education center to help kids improve their hand hygiene," said the study's lead author, Dr. Anna Fishbein, a physician and researcher at Children's Memorial Hospital in the news release.

Following the test, about half the children received a brief lesson in proper hand-washing techniques, such as washing for at least 20 seconds, cleaning between fingers and washing finger nails. The other children received no additional education.

Two to four weeks later, about three-quarters of the original participants returned to have their hand washing re-evaluated. Every child who followed up scored significantly higher on the hygiene scale, regardless of whether they received extra instruction on how to wash their hands.

"Considering the importance of hand hygiene in disease prevention, the implications of this study will have lasting impact in this community's effort to decrease the spread of illness," Groll said.

More information

The American Academy of Pediatrics offers more information on proper hand hygiene.

-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas

SOURCE: University of Chicago Press, news release, June 15, 2011


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Are All Those Handshakes at Graduation Hazardous to Your Health?
2. Child-size mannequin: Hands-on training spares real patients
3. Washing with contaminated soap increases bacteria on hands
4. Hands-On Training May Save Workers in Hazardous Jobs
5. Hands-Only CPR May Work Best for Cardiac Arrest
6. Dirty hands, dirty mouths: U-M study finds a need to clean the body part that lies
7. Can Hands-On Prayer Help Heal?
8. Keeping patients in good hands
9. Ergonomic HandShoe Mouse Publish Proof of Unique Difference with Competition
10. Dirty Hands Could be Making Australian Kids Ill
11. Hands-on osteopathic treatment cuts hospital stays for pneumonia patients
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
'Glowing Hands' Gel Shows Kids Where Dirt, Germs Linger
(Date:12/9/2016)... ... December 09, 2016 , ... "I have gout, and I wanted to ... recipe, which is meant to relieve gout and pain caused by varicose veins. I ... boost every time. It relieved what VA doctors called the worst sinusitis case they'd ...
(Date:12/9/2016)... ... December 09, 2016 , ... The ... Hotel in New York, NY, on December 3rd, to benefit Holy Name Medical ... the annual event, which raised over $1 million - the largest event in ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... ... December 08, 2016 , ... The Florida ... Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS), the leading authority in hyperbaric medicine. This ... Only a few hospitals and facilities have earned this distinction. This is the ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... ... December 08, 2016 , ... ... Medication Therapy Management (MTM), adherence, and other pharmacist-delivered patient care services, has announced ... counsel and Eric Hoessel to vice president of sales. , Litsinger joined ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... ... December 08, 2016 , ... SunView Software aims to redefine ... are both engaging and easy to use. Coming off the heels of a ... today its plans to roll out new AI-powered self-service enhancements to help organizations ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:12/9/2016)... Research and Markets has announced the addition of ... report to their offering. ... The report also analyses the market by the following Technology Types: Label-Free ... the US, Canada , Japan , ... Latin America , and Rest of World. Annual ...
(Date:12/9/2016)... aTyr Pharma, Inc. (Nasdaq: LIFE ), a biotherapeutics company ... severe, rare diseases, today announced that senior management will participate in ... Conference at the InterContinental Barclay Hotel in New York ... ET. About aTyr Pharma ... aTyr Pharma is engaged in the ...
(Date:12/9/2016)... , Dec. 9, 2016  Forge Therapeutics, Inc. ... (Frankfurt Stock Exchange: EVT, TecDAX, ISIN: DE0005664809) to ... for the treatment of bacterial infections including those ... recognized as an attractive antibacterial target for more ... of suitable chemical starting points has hampered its ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: