|Washing hands saves lives|
|Written by Roman Bystrianyk|
|Monday, 20 September 2004 00:00|
According to the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, approximately 2 million patients in the United States acquire infections while hospitalized for other conditions. These infections account for 88,000 deaths and cost approximately $4.6 billion. In the September addition of Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, a study examines how a simple technique of hand washing can reduce these infections.
A hand washing initiative was started in the National Taiwan University Hospital to attempt to examine what impact this would have on the infection rate. The initiative that took several years involved placing “cartoons showing the correct steps for hand washing” above sinks, labels with slogans “Clean Hands, Prevent Infection”, lectures, bulletins, public praise, monitoring, and the use of awards. These were all used in order to increase understanding of the issue and compliance with increased hand hygiene. The program was successful in increasing hand hygiene from 43% at the beginning of the program to 81% at the end of the study.
Source: Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, September 2004
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