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I received two different news in my inbox today: A positive and a negative one. The positive story was about an orangutan in Borneo was recently filmed performing hand hygiene in the middle of the jungle. Basically orangutans are starting to imitate humans’ hygiene behaviour. In contrast, the second news in my inbox stated that the healthcare workers, who are supposed to help us when we need it the most, have stopped cleaning their hands. I found it kind of ironic and gave me food for thought.Read more
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A lot of attention has been produced around the announcement by Pete Hegseth the host of Fox & Friends that he has not washed his hands for ten years because “germs are not a real thing – I can’t see them, therefore they’re not real”. What might be a better question to ask has been expressed in an article on The Guardian website, which asked “What would be on your hands if you hadn’t washed them for 10 years?”
The report by Paula Cocozza, appropriately focuses on the way that restorative specialists are not inspired. That likely could be a critical modest representation of the truth.
By way of example, Ms Cocozza quotes Professor Val Curtis of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine who listed E coli, norovirus and salmonella as being germs that “hitchhike on hands”.
“Hands are the most important vector of infectious diseases” she added.
The most telling opinion in the article comes from Professor Curtis, who is quoted as saying
“It is antisocial not to wash hands… It puts other people at risk of sickness.” This is not an etiquette issue, she says. “This is a moral issue.”
“Health care-associated infection is such a big problem, we need to focus the world on something that is truly actionable and can save many, many lives. This action is hand hygiene, a flagship element of WHO’s patient safety work.”
Before we dig into the data that will show you the importance of why it matters what data you use when improving your hospitals hand hygiene compliance, we need to look at hand hygiene from a bigger perspective.Read more
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Hospital Acquired Infections (HAI’s) are a growing global concern and a burden on healthcare systems worldwide. In Europe alone, 4 million HAI’s occur each year and in about 30 percent of all cases, the hands of healthcare workers are the main source of the infections.Read more