Thursday 27 September 2018

Hospital Acquired Infection: Role of Hand Washing: SCSOAJ - Lupine Publishers

The  World  Health  Organization  (WHO)  has  declared  October 15 as Global Hand washing Day, with the aim of raising awareness on the importance of this art and to inculcate the tenet of its basic principles. In fostering this principle, the WHO introduced five critical moments of hand hygiene practice. These include washing hands   before   touching   a   patient,   before   performing   cleaning
procedures, after coming in contact with infectious materials such as body fluid (urine, feces, sputum), after touching a patient, and after  touching  a  patient  surroundings.  In  hospitals  often,  greater attention  is  placed  on  the  doctors  and  nurses  however,  other  supporting staffs such as the ward attendant, clinical assistant, and laboratory attendants play vital role to patient recovery [1]. Ward attendants  are  involved  in  hazardous  jobs  which  expose  them  to  the  risk  of  infection;  they  also  handle  patients  and  their  items;  hence, they may become vehicle for spread of nosocomial infection, so  knowledge  of  the  principles  of  hand  hygiene  and  handwashing  should be paramount in this category of health workers. Similarly, laboratory  attendants  are  exposed  to  infectious  biproducts; them  to health hazard [2].

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