Infection Prevention and Control Week 2023

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This 15th – 20th October sees the healthcare community come together to mark Infection Prevention & Control (IPC) Week. The theme for IPC Week 2023 is Celebrating the Fundamentals of Infection Prevention.

After the past three years, where infection control has been high on the agenda, it remains crucial to maintain best practice and keep raising awareness so that we can all help to prevent infections in facilities.

Best practice in healthcare:

In healthcare facilities, we know we must all work together to help maintain the highest standards of hand hygiene in GP surgeries, dental practices, opticians, pharmacies and beyond. Best practice should go beyond you, as the healthcare professional or facility manager, and extend to helping your visitors and patients too.

The highest standards of infection prevention and hand hygiene shouldn’t just be applied to hospitals and acute care settings; IPC Week is a chance to help raise awareness of best practice and create a united approach to hand hygiene. You can find a range of free resources on our website here, which can be displayed around your facility to act as reminders and prompts for the key moments when hand hygiene is vital.

Hand hygiene myth-busting

One of the primary modes of infection transmission is via the hands [1]. It is therefore important to understand that they are recognised as one of the first lines of defense when it comes to infection prevention.

However, after the intensity of communication around hand hygiene over the past three years, it can be hard to separate fact from fiction when it comes to hand washing and sanitising. Our Global RD&E Director Dr John Hines outlines some of his key Myth-Busters below:

  • “We're often asked if people should use hand sanitiser after washing hands with soap and water. I would say as a general rule, no - if your hands are visibly soiled, then washing with soap and water will provide very adequate hygiene protection.”
  • “Alcohol based hand sanitisers work through an instant germ kill effect and they don't have any residual effect. So, it's really important to sanitise your hands at each of the key moments where the risk of transmission of germs is high.”
  • “Always use gloves in accordance with your healthcare system guidelines, always dispose of them correctly, and always remember to sanitise your hands at each key moment of risk of transmission of germs. Gloves should never be worn across multiple moments of risk, or between patients.”

Our product recommendations

In busy community care environments, we know that you need to be able to rely on the hand hygiene products and systems in your facility, to ensure that they are effective, but also liked by your staff and patients.

Our essential products for healthcare settings are trusted to work and have been tested to high standards. You can be sure that our Healthcare Hand Hygiene Program will be tailored to the requirements of your healthcare setting; the right products will be made available when and where you and your staff need it, to help improve hand hygiene compliance and skin care practice.

Our product range has been developed to match three key steps of a hand hygiene Program: washing, sanitising, and moisturising. These steps help reduce the risk of spread of germs and maintain good skin health. To meet your needs, our Cutan® healthcare products are formulated especially for high frequency use environments.

The 3 Step range includes:

  1. Wash – Our range of effective Cutan® Foam Handwash and Clinical Foam Handwash. Available in perfumed and perfume-free formats and suitable for frequent use.
  2. Sanitise – Highly effective alcohol foam antiseptic handrub. Contains a total blend of 80.6% v/v Alcohol*. Suitable for hygienic hand disinfection and surgical hand disinfection+.
  3. Moisturising – the use of moisturizing creams is crucial when it comes to nourishing and conditioning the hands. Our moisturising cream nourishes and conditions to help maintain skin health. Containing ingredients for normal through to dry and sensitive skin conditions.

You can find out more about our product ranges and Healthcare Program by downloading our Healthcare Product Catalogue here or through our product search here.


[1] https://www.cdc.gov/workplacehealthpromotion/health-strategies/flu-pneumonia/interventions/environmental-support.html

*80.6% blend consist of 70% absolute alcohol and 10.6% Propan-1-ol. 274983 (CAF), 302680 (COP). Complies with ASTME1174, EN1500 & EN12791
+ Complies to EN 1500, EN 12791 and ASTM E1174 standards. Use only as directed. Always read label and product information before use