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Dentists asked to make hand hygiene go viral

The Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) and Association of Clinical Oral Microbiologists (ACOM) are asking oral health professionals to take to their social media accounts to promote good hand hygiene.

Healthcare-acquired infections affect over 4 million patients a year in Europe, according to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, and cost around €7bn (£5.5bn) in additional healthcare and direct financial losses. They also exacerbate the growing problem of antimicrobial resistance by increasing the number of prescriptions for antibiotics.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says dentists have an important part to play in preventing the spread of infections. More.....