Why is hand hygiene important?
Most health care workers’ (HCWs’) hand hygiene compliance rates in the U.S. range between 25 percent and 51 percent. And, most adhere to a standard of cleaning their hands only before and after entering a patient room, which has been found to miss more than 50 percent of all hand hygiene opportunities, potentially putting patients at risk of infection.
For those of us at DebMed, and those who work in infection control, nursing and hospital administration, it is customary to be on the front lines of patient safety and hand hygiene. We know the best methods for cleaning hands, and the risks associated with failing to do so.
Global Handwashing Day brings much needed awareness to the importance of hand hygiene every year. One key way to improve hand hygiene is to evolve the practice from a behavior that one must consciously decide to do, to a habit that is automatically done when the need arises.
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