Staff and tenants in nursing homes who have to wash their hands turn on the water tap with a foot pedal instead of turning it by hand. When the water starts to flow, a clock starts counting down to 30 seconds has elapsed. By not touching the tap by hand, the risk of spreading bacteria and diseases is reduced.
Washing your hands with soap and water is the best, cheapest and easiest way to prevent the spread of bacteria. This does not only apply during pandemics. Even during normal times, the spread of bacteria and diseases in healthcare is a serious problem. By using a foot pedal instead of touching the tap with your hand, the risk of spreading bacteria and diseases is reduced.
The assumption is based on a study from the UK where they succeeded very well in improving hand hygiene in a hospital. The study showed that warning signs and rules rarely work particularly well. With this solution, the risk of spreading the infection is reduced, as the person who is to wash their hands does not touch the tap.