The updated expert hand hygiene guidance that appeared in the July 2014 issue of the Journal of Infection Control couldn’t have arrived at better time. Those of us who manage and advise healthcare facilities on infection prevention and control live and work in challenging times. Just consider the news.
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More than 400 healthcare professionals from across the United States participated in a recent survey that looked at the methods used to gather hand hygiene data, the reliability of that data and the commitment of healthcare facilities to improving hand hygiene. The survey reinforced the sentiment that healthcare professionals are committed to reducing healthcare-associated infections (HAIs), but also uncovered that they are not employing the methods that they believe reflect best practices.
A nurse who survived a severe hospital acquired infection and the physician who created healthcare's well-known "My 5 Moments for Hand Hygiene" program discuss the stubborn nature of handwashing compliance and tips for hospitals to improve it.
Healthcare organizations often ask why DebMed is so vigorous in promoting the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Five Moments for Hand Hygiene compliance where healthcare workers are asked to clean their hands at five key moments in the patient care process.
Hand hygiene involves more than hand cleaning. Hand hygiene is a comprehensive, enterprise-wide process that embraces assessment, implementation, training and education, monitoring and ongoing communication and promotion among healthcare workers, patients, family members and hospital visitors.