The Vithas hospitals in the Valencian Community -9 de Octubre, Virgen del Consuelo, Valencia al Mar, Aguas Vivas and Rey Don Jaime- in line with the rest of the Vithas Group, have launched an informative and awareness campaign among professionals and citizens on the importance of hand washing to prevent the transmission of germs and prevent infections. This action is framed in its commitment to patient safety, one of the main standards of the most prestigious sanitary quality certification in the world, the Joint Commission International, which already has three hospitals of the group in Madrid, Malaga and Granada. the only 15 granted so far to Spanish hospitals.
The hands are the most common vehicle of transmission of pathogens associated with health care, so washing them is one of the simplest actions and with the greatest impact in preventing the spread of diseases. It should be noted that, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), in recent years hand hygiene has saved millions of lives and is an indicator of the quality of health system safety.
This initiative, promoted by the Vithas Corporate Quality Management, is not only aimed at health personnel, but also aims to raise awareness among the public. Because sometimes a quick hand washing is not enough, but it must be done following certain guidelines and with appropriate products.
Key moments for hand cleaning
Bacteria are present in the skin and in the objects that surround it, so that patients themselves, visitors and health professionals can contaminate their hands, if they have had direct or indirect contact with these microorganisms.
During routine health care tasks, professionals can contaminate their hands with up to 1,000 colony forming units (CFU) of Klebsiella spp, a highly transmissible bacterium.
For this reason, prevention is fundamental in the health field, so the key moments in which clean hands are recommended (and most are valid for anyone) are:
Before direct contact with the patient, before performing a clean or aseptic task, after contact with the patient and their environment (touch the bed, handrails, telephone
, etc.), after exposure to body fluids and after touching your nose, mouth, eyes, coughing, blowing or sneezing. Also, it is advisable to use an alcohol-based disinfectant when the hands are not visibly dirty and wash them with soap and water when they are visibly dirty,
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