About Hand Hygiene

About Hand Hygiene 2017-06-06T08:08:22+00:00

A lack of hand hygiene compliance by healthcare staff continues to be a significant contributor to the spread of pathogens, resulting in HAIs.

Hospitals, long – term care facilities, clinics and other healthcare service providers emphasize hand hygiene as the primary way to prevent infection. However, low compliance and increased risk of infection occurs due to:

  • Lack of availability of hand hygiene products at every point of care
  • Dry, chapped and irritated skin
  • Patient care priorities and emergencies
  • Time constraints

It has been estimated that at least 20% of HAIs are preventable. Healthcare workers and patients can work to reduce the number of preventable HAIs by following these guidelines:

  • Following good hand hygiene technique
  • Providing education for healthcare workers and patients on hand hygiene

Hand hygiene is one of the most cost-effective measures healthcare workers can take to reduce the incidence of HAIs.

1 Kelly W.J. et. Al; AJIC 2016