Effective hand hygiene is the key to reducing nosocomial infections

Dr. Sarah Tschudin-Sutter from the University Hospital Basel in Switzerland and colleagues tried their 15-second three-step handcuffs program in a randomized crossover trial. They recruited 20 healthy participants between the ages of 18 and 51. They are randomly assigned to four different hand rubbing techniques, including;

Six-step hand hygiene 30 seconds

Six-step hand hygiene 15 seconds

Three-step hand hygiene 30 seconds

Three-step hand hygiene 15 seconds

All participants are assigned to each group.

Three, 15 seconds of three-step technology is just as effective

The results showed that the 15-second three-step technique was as effective as reducing the bacterial count on the volunteer’s hand for a 30-second three- or six-step protocol.

Four-step, 15-second three-step technology is simple and convenient

Professor Tschudin-Sutter said in a statement: “The time pressure and heavy workload experienced by medical workers have reduced adherence to the health standards of our opponents. Our results show that shortening hand rub time and simplifying hand rubbing techniques It may be a safe alternative to adapting to their busy day-to-day work, improving the overall quality of hand hygiene performance and having a positive impact on compliance. Further research is needed to verify the shortened application time in daily clinical practice. which performed.”

The research team agreed that unless research was conducted in the actual clinical setting, the study could not provide a comprehensive statement of the ability of the three-step protocol to prevent microbial transmission.

5. Hand hygiene and reduction of staphylococcal infections

In 2009, the Australian National Hand Health Initiative (NHHI) was implemented, and since then, the reduction in staphylococcal infections in health care facilities has improved significantly. The results of this new study are entitled “Improving Hand Hygiene Compliance (HHC) is associated with a significant reduction in medical-related Staphylococcus aureus bacteremia (HA Sab) in 132 largest hospitals in Australia: Australian National Hand Health Initiative The results (NHHI) were published at the European Conference on Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ECCMID) in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, from April 13th to 16th.

Sixth, hand hygiene management significantly reduces bacterial infections

The report shows that hand hygiene and its compliance with Australian health care workers have improved significantly. This reduces the risk of the transmission of commonly fatal medical-related S. aureus infections. The researchers noted a 10% increase in compliance with hand hygiene guidelines and a 15% reduction in the incidence of S. aureus bloodstream infections in 132 of the largest public hospitals in Australia. They added that these hospitals served more than 15 million patients nationwide in 2016-17. This is equivalent to more than three-quarters of hospitalizations in Australia.

Seven, 5 moments of hand hygiene

The team is following up on the WHO campaign called “5 moments of hand hygiene”, which will reduce the risk of medical-related infections.

These five moments include;

Before contacting the patient

After touching the patient

After touching the environment

Before the cleaning process

After exposure to body fluids/wounds

Health and hygiene, starting from a doctor, is responsible for both yourself and the patient.