The effect of fake tan on hand hygiene practice

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Hand hygiene is the single most important measure in reducing the spread of infection. The aim of this study was to assess the uptake of fake tan in nursing students and evaluate the impact of wearing fake tan on hand hygiene training lotion removal during handwashing with soap and water. Of the 217 participants recruited, 21% wore fake tan. Statistical analysis revealed no significant difference between fake tan and non-fake tan wearers. Consequentially, no guidelines regarding the wearing of fake tan in clinical practice are currently required.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)266-269
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Infection Prevention
Issue number6
Early online date9 May 2018
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2018


  • hand hygiene
  • nursing
  • fake tans
  • infection control


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