November 2018: Your Monthly Hand Hygiene News
How Patient Hand Hygiene Can Help Reduce the Transmission of C. diff Infections
Marian Pokrywka, Senior Infection Preventionist at UPMC Mercy, describes her facility's work around patient hand hygiene and the successes they've seen, with specific focus on reducing C. diff transmission.
Can improving patient hand hygiene impact Clostridium difficile infection events at an academic medical center?
Patient hand hygiene is an often-overlooked aspect of infection prevention. Hand hygiene studies to prevent C. difficile infection (CDI) have focused on healthcare worker hand hygiene and not patient hand hygiene (PHH). This study assessed PHH, sought to increase opportunities for PHH through staff education and patient assistance, and assessed whether improving PHH opportunities could affect the occurrence of CDI in a large healthcare facility.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has launched an ambitious global initiative, the Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Challenge, to combat the growing threat of antibiotic resistance. The AMR challenge is a yearlong effort to accelerate the fight against AMR and is a way for governments, private industries, and non-governmental organizations worldwide to make formal commitments that further the progress. Healthcare facilities can join the challenge by submitting commitment in one of the five key areas listed on the AMR web page.
Alcohol-based handrub (ABHR) is the most effective agent available for hand hygiene and is a key element in infection prevention. Professor Didier Pittet responds to a recent publication that has created doubt around ABHR's efficacy against multi-drug resistant organisms. ABHR remains the most effective agent available for hand hygiene and is a key element in infection prevention.
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