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Importance of Hand Hygiene

Views:48     Author:Pidegree Medical     Publish Time: 10-19-2018      Origin:Site

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Thousands of people die every day all over the world due to the infections acquired while receiving medical&health care.Keeping your hand Hygienic is a simple yet effective way to avoid the transmission of harmful germs and prevent infections. Cleaning your hands can prevent the spread of germs, including those that are resistant to antibiotics and are becoming difficult to treat. On average,healthcare providers clean their hands less than half of the times they should. It is important to understand hand hygiene and learn when and how to cleaning your hands.

What is Hand Hygiene?

Hand Hygiene means cleaning your hands by using either handwashing (washing hands with soap and water), antiseptic hand wash, antiseptic hand rub (i.e. alcohol-based hand sanitizer including foam or gel), or surgical hand antisepsis
  

Why Hand Hygiene is Important?

Cleaning your hands reduces:

The spread of potentially severe germs to patients

The risk of healthcare provider colonization or infection caused by germs acquired from the patient

When to Perform Hand Hygiene

Clean your hands:

Before eating

After glove removal

After using a restroom

Before and after having direct contact with a patient’s intact skin (taking a pulse or blood pressure, performing physical examinations, lifting the patient in bed)

After contact with blood, body fluids or excretions, mucous membranes, non-intact skin, or wound dressings

After contact with inanimate objects (including medical equipment) in the immediate vicinity of the patient

If hands will be moving from a contaminated-body site to a clean-body site during patient care

When and How to Wear Gloves

Wearing gloves is not a substitute for hand hygiene. Dirty gloves can soil hands.

Always clean your hands after removing gloves.

Procedures for Glove Use:

Choose the right size and type of gloves for the task

Put on gloves before touching a patient’s non-intact skin, open wounds or mucous membranes, such as the mouth, nose, and eyes

Change gloves during patient care if the hands will move from a contaminated body-site  to a clean body-site

Remove gloves after contact with a patient and/or the surrounding environment (including medical equipment) using proper technique to prevent hand contamination

Failure to remove gloves after caring for a patient may lead to the spread of potentially deadly germs from one patient to another

Do not wear the same pair of gloves for the care of more than one patient

How to Choose Right Disposable Gloves

Pidegree Medical is a professional manufacturer in disposable gloves industry.Here you will find your best choices.

Nitrile is a suitable for many different industries.

Latex is fitted for the medical profession and the beauty industry.

Vinyl gloves are perfect for food prep.

Polyethylene is cost effective and suitable for high levels of hygiene standards.


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