What does hand hygiene at the point of care mean?
Hands are a frequent route for the transmission of pathogens
All over the world, health care professionals are especially close to patients. They touch them with their hands. If they keep their hands disinfected, they protect their patients - and can save lives. Around 78,000 people die in Europe every year due to a nosocomial infection, also known as HAI (healthcare-associated infection)1. It is the few seconds of hand disinfection that play an important role.
As a hygiene specialist, HARTMANN is committed to reducing the risk of infection. Since 2020, the "Mission: Infection Prevention" initiative, which was launched specifically for this purpose, has been providing support. The mission is to break infection chains. HARTMANN is facing up to this holistic mission with well-founded information on possibilities and experiences that can help prevent infections. One of the most important factors here: hand hygiene.
A study proves: Placement of disinfectant dispensers can facilitate hand hygiene compliance
In this context, a study by Charité Berlin, with the active participation of HARTMANN, was able to show that a multimodal intervention package with a focus on aseptic activities improves hand hygiene compliance2. Compliance is also facilitated by easily accessible hand disinfectant dispensers. They should be placed exactly where they are needed. Cleverly designed patient rooms take this aspect into account and can help reduce infections. The multi-partner project "Patient rooms of the future" demonstrates this opportunity to increase compliance in hand hygiene.
HARTMANN has not only dealt with these requirements at the point-of-care in general, but also with the specific needs on site: There are therefore different dispensers that can be easily mounted on bed frames, for example, or on the wall to save space3.
The focus at the point of care: disinfected hands can save lives
The patient room is the central place where the so-called 5 moments of hand disinfection take place:
- BEFORE patient contact
- BEFORE aseptic tasks
- AFTER body fluid exposure risk
- AFTER patient contact
- AFTER contact with the patient surroundings
The World Hand Hygiene Day on May 5th has symbolic appeal
2Aghdassi et al. (2020) Antimicrob Resist Infect Control 9(1):113.
3DESINFACTS 2/2020. Prevent infections using room planning. https://www.bode-science-center.com/fileadmin/DESINFACTS-2-2020/22/ (last accessed on 13.04.2021)