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Hand Hygiene in infection control
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Hand Hygiene in Infection Control Name Course Instructor Date Hand Hygiene in Infection Control The term hand hygiene describes the process of decontaminating hands through hand washing using either water with plain soap, antibacterial soap or by using alcohol based products that contain emollient (PAC and the HICPAC/SHEA/APIC/IDSA, 2002).
This helps to kill germs that inhabit ones skin and can be spread through contact. These germs are mainly bacteria which can cause serious infections. Some bacteria, known as flora or commensals inhabit the skin and multiply very fast to increase in number. Those bacteria that are easily spread through contact are referred to as transient microorganisms. Hand washing is recognized as the most important procedure for preventing cross infection and has been promoted in the healthcare field for generations. Hand washing is a concept that emerged in the 19th century and gained popularity in the 1970s with development of specific hand hygiene guidelines to assist in prevention of infections in hospitals, other healthcare facilities as well as in people’s homes (PAC and the HICPAC/SHEA/APIC/IDSA, 2002). Today, hand washing is recognized as an integral part of quality healthcare to patients and is included among the required standards for hospital accreditation. Hand washing helps to reduce the risk of infections among the general public, staff of healthcare staff and among patients in healthcare facilities. ...
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