The holidays are over, we return to work and normal routines are restarted. For the health sector, one of the most important routines is the correct washing and drying of the hands. Therefore, we want to help these professionals to refresh their memory with this article.
First, we must explain why it is important a good hand hygiene in the healthcare sector. According to studies by the World Health Organization, WHO, incorrect or inefficient washing is the main cause of healthcare associated Infections (HAI). HAIs are those general or localized infectious processes that occur as a result of health care, which were not present or incubating at the time of hospitalization, including patient care and infections detected after discharge.
According to data from WHO, it is estimated that the percentage of patients affected by HAIs in developed countries ranges between 5 and 10%, with greater risk in patients in intensive care units and may affect from 9 to 37% of them.