Debunking the Assumptions Around Proper Hand Hygiene

Categories: Articles & Healthcare October 21, 2017

PDI Healthcare’s Clinical Science Liaison, Fran Canty, MA, BSN, RN, wrote an article on hand hygiene for Healthcare Facilities Today.


Debunking the Assumptions Around Proper Hand Hygiene

Healthcare Facilities Today

Author: Fran Canty, MA, BSN, RN

Excerpt:

The importance of hand hygiene in helping prevent the spread of infection is known throughout the world… or is it? 

In the healthcare setting, the single most effective way to prevent the spread of infection is consistently performing hand hygiene. Facilities have access to hand hygiene products and hand hygiene stations, plus updated technological processes, guidelines and observations. 

Additionally, new protocols, programs and products are continuously developed to help raise awareness and increase compliance with the simple – but critical – act of hand hygiene.

Hand hygiene in healthcare involves not only washing hands with soap and water, but also the use of alcohol-based hand sanitizers. While soap and water offer a reliable solution for patients, it is not always feasible for all patients at all times. 

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