Hand Hygiene. Infection Prevention Team May 2010. Why Hand Hygiene?. FACT: Hand Hygiene is the single most important measure for preventing the spread of infection (Pittet et al 2001) IT IS ESSENTIAL FOR PATIENT SAFETY. Ignaz Philip Semmelweis (1818 – 1865). Hungarian born doctor
Infection Prevention Team
Hand Hygiene is the single most important measure for preventing the spread of infection
(Pittet et al 2001)
IT IS ESSENTIAL FOR PATIENT SAFETY
NB: Routine hand hygiene removes most transient micro-organisms from soiled hands.
Difficult to remove
Part of body’s natural defence mechanism
Associated with infection following surgery/invasive procedures.
Transferred with ease to and from hands
Important cause of cross infection
Easily removed with good hand hygiene.What are your hands carrying?
Alcohol hand rubs – most religions give priority to health principles to ensure patient safety. Consequently, no objections have been raised against the use of alcohol-based products for environmental cleaning, disinfection or hand hygiene by any religion (WHO, 2006; Allegranzi et al, 2009).
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Important to look after the skin & fingernails
Damaged skin leads to loss of a smooth skin surface & increases the risk of skin colonisation with resistant micro organisms
Continuing to work with damaged, cracked or weeping skin may expose the healthcare worker to increased infection risk, which could ultimately lead to sickness absence due to dermatitis