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Healthcare-acquired infections can be minimized by maintaining Hand Hygiene

May 07 2012

As per a report by the World Health Organisation (WHO), the number of infections acquired during any medical or surgical trials can be minimized by about fifty per cent only if proper hand hygiene is followed. This claim was made on an eventful that ​"May 5​" which is observed as the ​"World Hand Hygiene Day​".

According to WHO Regional Director for Southeast Asia, Samlee Plianbangchang a clear signal has been given about hundreds of millions of patients getting infected on a yearly basis across the globe by serious infections associated with healthcare. Countries with low and middle income are more vulnerable and already bearing the burden of these serious infections.

Plianbangchang also expressed the concern for urgent requirement to institute reliable schemes for investigation and evaluation of these infections to scrutinize the actual problem. He also requested for a treatment as a priority patient safety matter. Infections associated with healthcare are infections triggered by a variation of organisms during the process of receiving medical care. These infections might also be a cause of patient’s extended stay in hospital, long-term disability, improved conflict to antibiotics and occasionally, death. This has been confirmed by the WHO recently.

The importance of hand hygiene will be emphasi​zed and endorsed internationally by a global health body. This will be done through an initiative known as ​"Save lives: Clean your hands​". The matter of hand hygiene will be taken seriously in hospitals and various health care facilities to minimize healthcare-associated infections.

More than around 572 hospitals in India have united to participate in the initiative. The main emphasis is laid on clean hands in healthcare. The WHO claimed that these infections are powerful enough to put newborns as a high-risk population in developing countries. In a shocking report, the rates for neonatal infection are 3-20 times higher as compared to developed nations.

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