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Hand hygiene is the act of sterilizing your hands for getting rid of dirt and microorganisms. Hand hygiene should be maintained to protect both healthcare providers as well as the patients from contracting fatal diseases. The spread of microorganisms including multidrug-resistant microorganisms, infections, antibiotic resistance can be averted by following proper hand hygiene.

This decontamination of your hands can be achieved via four methods:

  • Hand Wash:
    It is the process of cleansing your hands with plain soap and water.
  • Antiseptic hand wash:
    It involves the washing of your hands with soap and water or other germicidal detergents.
  • Alcohol-based hand rubs:
    It consists of rubbing the hands with an alcoholic solution.
  • Surgical Hand Antiseptics
    It consists of the antiseptic surgical scrub or antiseptic hand rub done by surgeons before wearing their sterile attire prior to surgery. This involves cleansing of the hands, wrists, and forearms with either an antimicrobial or plain soap and water.

What are Hospitals Doing to Maintain Hand Hygiene?

Here are some of the steps that healthcare centers take up to maintain proper hand hygiene in the premises:

  • Using Indicators For Hand Hygiene Benchmarking:
    The medical staff is usually trained to ensure hand hygiene compliance by direct observation, surprise check-ups, and taking samples of HCW to assess hand contamination.
  • Training For Healthcare Workers:
    Healthcare centers offer their staff regular education program to train them about adequate hand hygiene practices. Moreover, they remove all accessories which could cause pathogenic contamination of the washed hands. The healthcare workers are trained to wash their hands before establishing contact with the patients and wearing gloves while performing medical procedures. Additionally, washing hands is essential even after the removal of gloves so that the healthcare worker does not contract a disease.
  • An Adequate Supply Of Hand Hygiene Products:
    It is essential to have a proper supply of hand hygiene products such as lotions, creams, and disposable towels for hand washing. These hand hygiene products are properly examined before accepting and using in the healthcare centers in order to avoid any side effects.
  • Patient Education Programmes:
    Regular patient education programmes are conducted to inform patients about proper hand hygiene practices. The healthcare center includes signs and posters that motivate the patients to ask the medical personnel whether they have washed their hands or not.
  • Feedback Cards And Patient Education Program:
    The hospitals generally have feedback forms that can be filled by the patients. to ascertain their performance as well as their compliance with the healthcare standards. Simultaneously anonymous feedback forms are also provided to the patients so that their individual reviews can be recorded.

When you visit a healthcare center, ensure that the healthcare workers are washing their hands properly before performing any medical procedure. You should follow the manufacturer’s directions carefully while using hand hygiene products. Moreover, it is important that every patient practice proper hand hygiene and encourage their visitors to do the same.

Dr. Rishab Sharma

Dr. Rishab Sharma MBBS, MD (Internal Medicine) He is associated with Fortis Escorts Hospital, Jaipur. Dr. Rishab has wide experience in managing a variety of diseases, as well as managing critical care units in large government and corporate hospitals.

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