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November 2021

Nina holding her hands under a UV light jpeg
Resident Nina was surprised when GlitterBug showed ‘germs’ still on her hands.

Glitter is gold for hand hygiene

East Grampians Health Service’s aged care residents are learning about clean hands through the GlitterBug hand hygiene training program.

GlitterBug is a range of training products that are invisible to normal light – just like germs – but glow under UV light.

The training program helps teach about germs and the importance of hand hygiene.

EGHS interim chief executive officer Peter Armstrong said the GlitterBug program had been great for residents at 70 Lowe Street, Garden View Court and Willaura Healthcare aged care facilities.

‘Our residents have been quite shocked when GlitterBug showed their hands, which they thought were clean, were actually not.

‘It’s been a great, fun-filled learning activity for them,’ Mr Armstrong said.

The introduction of GlitterBug is the outcome of an infection control support visit and is one of the actions put in place to include resident and visitor education around the issue.

Hand sanitising stations have also been installed in aged care dining rooms, with residents encouraged to sanitise their hands before their meals.