Proper and thorough hand hygiene, whether through the use of soap and water or use of hospital-grade, alcohol-based hand sanitizers, is the single most important practice supported by evidence to help eliminate cross-contamination and reduce the incidence of healthcare-acquired infections (HAIs).
Clean Hands Equal a Healthy Body
According to Wikipedia, handshaking was practiced as long ago as the 5th century BCE. That’s 25 centuries of passing germs around by hand. People did wash their hands in ancient times. Some religious rituals included hand washing, but its general acceptance varied ...More
Impatience Over Drying Hands Leaves People Vulnerable to Spread of Germs
Americans spend more than $3.6 billion each year on cold remedies(1), but neglect a simple action that could help ward off cold and flu in the first place -- washing and drying their hands. Handwashing is recognized as a good way to prevent cold and flu, but hand drying is ...More
Study Reveals Correlation Between Handwashing and Employee Engagement
One of the greatest contributors to healthcare-acquired infections (HAIs) is poor handwashing compliance by hospital staff. Yet when it comes to hand hygiene, many organizations simply post signs asking employees to wash their hands. While increased signage may have a small ...More
National Handwashing Awareness Week is Dec. 5-11
National Handwashing Awareness Week is Dec. 5-11, 2010. ...More
Strategies for Patient Empowerment and Hand Hygiene Compliance
In conjunction with the recently published World Health Organization (WHO) Guidelines for Hand Hygiene, members of the Clean Care is Safe Care task force undertook a review of the evidence for implementing a successful patient empowerment/healthcare worker (HCW) empowerment ...More
Do You Know Where Those Gloves Have Been?
In following news of the backlash against invasive scanners at airports, I came across a growing body of blogs and news reports speculating about how often TSA agents change their gloves between patdowns and gropings, and whether these gloves could be a potential vector for ...More
Hand Hygiene Compliance Not Sustained Following Pandemic's End, Study Finds
In a letter to the editor of Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology, Rodrigo Pires dos Santos, MD, and colleagues at Hospital de Clínicas de Porto Alegre, describe the significant impact that the H1N1 influenza outbreak had in Brazil and discuss hand hygiene behavior ...More
Survey Finds Consumers Want an Honest Conversation About Bathroom Habits
For the most part, what happens in the bathroom stays in the bathroom. Some conversations and behaviors are too private or shocking to discuss, but there are ways to make the taboo talkable. A recent survey(1) found that bathroom discussions can be informative, useful or ...More
Survey Shows One-Third of HCWs Don't Follow Evidence-Based Guidelines for Skin Antisepsis
A survey released today of 1,500 hospital-based healthcare professionals reveals that 33 percent report they do not follow evidence-based guidelines and data for patient skin antisepsis. This finding is especially surprising given that the survey, which was conducted by ...More
Fall 2010: How Are We Doing With Hand Hygiene Compliance?
As the 2010-2011 influenza season gets underway, healthcare professionals remain vigilant for changes in the rates of patients reporting influenza-like illnesses. We’ve laid the groundwork with proactive hand hygiene education and prepared our crisis response with ...More