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The Importance Of Hand Hygiene In The Work Place

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The Importance of Hand Hygiene in the work place

Rosamma Mathew

American Sentinel University

The Importance of Hand Hygiene in the work place

The University of Illinois hospital has its policy and procedures located on the hospital’s web page. It is simple and easy to access. It is available twenty for hours a day, every day, and any employee of the hospital can access it from any computer as long as they have valid identification. Each hospital employee was told where to find certain policies and procedures, and they are notified through e-mail of any policy changes and updates. Most importantly all policy and procedures are based on evidence that has been collected and recorded.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC], around two million patients get infected while in a hospital settings in the United States each year, ("Hand Hygiene Basics," 2011) . The ...view middle of the document...

Our unit has a very strict hand and hygiene policy. Anyone entering our unit, and goes to the patient care area is expected to scrub their hands thoroughly. They must scrub their hands for three minutes with soap and water using a scrub brush. Afterwards they must also wash their hands every time before and after handling the infant, making sure to either wash with soap and water or with some sort of hand sanitizer.

If anyone were to break any of the rules in the hand washing procedure they will be dealt with seriously. University of Illinois has hand-washing audits that occur every month. During these audits no one knows who the auditors are or who audits whom. It could be some of your peers, some of the doctors, or someone from infection control. Hospital wide audits are published through e-mail, so each department can view where they are in the hand washing audits. The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit’s hand washing audits and infection rates go hand in hand. Whenever the hand washing audits are below average or average, the infection rates are higher.

As a nurse, if I see someone deviate from the standards of practice I would call them out right away. I also expect the same courtesy from my fellow peers to myself. If the practice continues, then it will have to be reported to the proper authorities using the chain of command. The University of Illinois web page allows me to inform risk and other unusual occurrences to management.

A variety of infection control measures are used to reduce the risk of transmission of microorganism in the health care setting. The single most effective measure to prevent or to reduce transmission of many microorganisms in any setting, whether in a hospital, home, or public is hand hygiene, (Isolation precaution techniques, 2010).

References

Hand hygiene basics. (2011).Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/handhygiene/Basics.html

Isolation precaution techniques. (2010). Informally published manuscript, Infection Control Department, University of Illinois , Chicago, Illinois. Retrieved from https://www.hospital.uic.edu/docs/infection_control.html

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