Hand Hygiene Case Study
Improving Adherence to Hand Hygiene Policies and Procedures.
Close to 100,000 deaths that occur per year are caused by infections that are health related. According to a systematic review that was done worldwide, infections that are health range between 1.7 and 23.6% for every 100 patients. The treatment costs incurred also range from 30 to 34 billion US dollars. It is interesting to note that a majority of these infections can be avoided by practicing health hygiene.
Claims that proper hand hygiene practices do help to reduce infections related to health care are supported by evidences that can be termed as critical epidemiologic. Organizations such as the World Health Organization and Joint Commission among others site hand hygiene as one of the guidelines to reducing infections that are healthcare-acquired. This action plan focuses on actions that will improve people’s compliance to hand hygiene as one of the ways to drastically reduce infections that are healthcare-associated.
Statement of purpose
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Compliance is not only observed by healthcare workers alone, but also by organizational leaders and policy makers as well. This is to be observed during these moments; after coming into physical contact with a patient or their surroundings, after encountering body fluids, before the clean procedure, as well as before coming into physical contact with a patient. The staff preparing food in the healthcare facilities, those involved with the cleaning, the healthcare personal as well as all those that at some point directly contact patients should not have their artificial nails on and their natural ones should not be allowed to grow beyond the tip of the finger (CDC 2009). They should also avoid wearing wrist watches and rings when they are at