May 9, 2016
CDC introduces ‘Clean Hands Count’ campaign for health care workers
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has launched a campaign intended to improve hand hygiene in the health care industry. The Clean Hands Count campaign encourages health care workers to wash their hands more often and observe CDC recommendations for hand hygiene. The campaign also urges patients to ask health care workers to wash their hands if they do not observe the workers doing so. Brochures, posters and fact sheets are available for both health care workers and patients.
CDC guidelines recommend that health care workers wash their hands before and after coming in contact with a patient. This means that, depending on their workload, health care workers may have to clean their hands as many as 100 times during a 12-hour shift. However, CDC claims these workers wash their hands less than half as often as they should, potentially putting themselves and their patients at risk for infection.