Medline Industries, Inc. announces a new interactive hand hygiene training program in an effort to reduce the risk of hospital-acquired infections by improving hand hygiene compliance among healthcare professionals.
Introduced during National Hand Washing Awareness Week (Dec. 4-10), Medlines three-part hand hygiene program is exclusively available on the companys Web-based e-learning platform, Medline University (www.medlineuniversity.com), which offers free online courses for healthcare practitioners.
Hands are the No. 1 means of transmitting pathogens to other people. We have to break this chain of transmission and if hand washing is not done properly or when indicated, then we may have a false sense of security about our infection prevention efforts, says Marc Lessem, vice president of Medlines skin care division. As simple as is sounds, proper hand washing is not easy, and driving compliance is even more difficult, which is why we developed this innovative program to reinforce proper techniques and best practices for effective hand hygiene. Ultimately, we are working to help build a culture of patient and staff safety in healthcare facilities.