Better hand washing can help reduce the need for antibiotics

Speaking at an International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK) event in London, the Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Dr Gina Radford, argued that too few of us wash our hands properly, despite the importance of doing so to reduce the risk of infections. She argued that “On a day to day basis, you should wash your hands with soap and water for the length of one verse of God Save the Queen or two times through Happy Birthday”.

Dr Radford was speaking at an ILC-UK event on Anti Microbial Resistance. The debate, held at the Old Operating Theatre Museum in London, was dedicated to a long term supporter of the ILC-UK and a pioneer in championing the health and well-being of ageing people, Dr. Jack Watters. The event explored the role of immunisation in reducing the use of antibiotics. Information about the event is available here.

The presentation slides from the event are available below.

The slides presented by Matthew Edwards of Willis Towers Watson are available on scribed here.