Maintaining hand hygiene is important for all people, and more so for those in medical profession. In the hospital environment, the chances of nosocomial infection (“nosus” means disease, and “komeiom” means to take care of) or hospital acquired infection cannot be ruled out.
According to Dr T.Ramachandran, Chief General Physician of KG Hospital, World Health Organization has been advocating hand hygiene as a vital necessity for healthcare professionals in saving lives and producing better outcomes.
Addressing a gathering of doctors and post-graduate medical students in KG Hospital Auditorium recently, Dr Ramachandran said that hand hygiene was at the core of effective Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) programmes.
WHO has chosen May 5 every year as the day for spreading awareness about hand hygiene across the globe, for which it also devises a suitable theme. This year’s theme is “Save lives: Clean your hands.”
Dr Ramachandran said that healthcare professionals could use alcohol based hand sanitizer for better results. They should make it a point to wash their hands in an appropriate manner before starting a medical procedure and after completing it.