Hand hygiene is considered a strategy to improve the quality of medical care and is the most effective way to prevent hospital infections.
On May 24, 2018, 175 Military Hospital organized a hand hygiene festival for hospital staff. According to Major General Nguyen Hong Son – Director of 175 Military Medical Hospital, the festival is an activity to respond to the hand hygiene day of the World Health Organization (WHO).
Hospital infections, also known as medical-related infections (Healthcare Associated Infection – HAI) are a global health problem due to increased morbidity, mortality, prolonged stay. hospital and increase treatment costs.
Hand hygiene helps reduce the risk of infection by 90%, especially septicemia
According to WHO, the rate of hospital infections is 8.7%. Every day, about 1.4 million people are infected with medical care.
Hand hygiene eliminates most of the microorganisms on hand. It is therefore effective to prevent the spread of infectious agents from one patient to another, from patients to instruments and medical personnel, from one position to another on the same patient and patient. Medical tablets to patients.
“Hand hygiene is very effective in terms of society, patients can leave the hospital early and return to normal life,” Le Hoai My, MD, Head of Infection Supervision Team – Military Hospital y 175.
All subjects who directly take care of patients should wash their hands with normal water and soap or rub their hands with alcohol-based hand sanitizers at the following times:
- Before direct contact with each patient
- Before performing each clean / sterile procedure.
- Immediately after each contact with blood, body fluids.
- After direct contact with each patient.
- After contacting the surface of utensils and objects in the patient’s chamber
If health care workers and family members take care of proper hand washing, it will help to reduce up to 90% of hospital infections.
Hand hygiene helps patients leave the hospital, reducing treatment costs
The message accompanying the WHO 5/2018 handwashing festival is: “Prevention of sepsis in treatment and care – All in your hands.“
In today’s hospital environment, too many antibiotic resistant and multi-resistant bacteria. Many antibiotics reach the fifth generation and the bacteria are still resistant. Sepsis is considered to be the most serious infection that can threaten a patient’s life.
WHO calls for health facilities to prevent health-related septicemia through hand hygiene and infection prevention. It is estimated that septicemia threatens more than 30 million patients every year worldwide.
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