Paper towels? Hand dryers? Ever wonder which hand drying method truly works best?
According to a new study released by the Mayo Clinic, drying hands with a paper towel is more effective when compared with cloth towels and electric air dryers (i.e. hot air dryers and jet air dryers). The research, conducted last year and published June 1, reviewed 12 studies on the hygienic efficacy of different hand drying methods. This included drying efficiency, the removal of bacteria and the prevention of cross-contamination.
The study concluded that paper towels:
- Work better than electric air dryers for hygiene purposes;
- Remove bacteria more effectively;
- Cause less contamination in the restroom area;
- Should be the recommended hand-drying method in healthcare settings.
The study also emphasizes the importance of maintaining a clean environment around paper towels in order to achieve the best results possible. According to the study, “The risk of potential contamination among dispenser exits, paper towels, and hands should be considered in the design, construction, and the use of paper towel dispensers.”
To see the full study, please visit: http://www.mayoclinicproceedings.org/article/S0025-6196(12)00393-X/fulltext