Study Finds Shallow Sinks Can Spread Infections
November 4, 2020 - Contact FacilitiesNet Editorial Staff »
Researchers found that a shallow sink can lead to the contamination of worker hands and patient care equipment and surfaces.
These contaminants sometimes were able to reach objects more than four feet away, according to the study
The study recommends that hospitals install sink guards, which significantly reduce splashing, on all sinks used by personnel.
A supplementary feature added to the end of a faucet to reduce water flow, according to Gastroenterology and Endoscopy News.
“You need to find that balance between having the appropriate sink design while making it ergonomically useful for people to wash their hands,” said Harry Zhen, MPH, an infection prevention analyst at Michigan Medicine, who presented the findings at the 2019 annual meeting of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology