FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2016

WHO urges healthcare workers to practice proper hand hygiene

The World Health Organization said on Friday that one in ten people who visit a hospital in a low-income country will contract a healthcare-related infection.


WHO provided preventative care information in advance of "Hand Hygiene Day" on Monday and urged healthcare workers around the world to prevent patients from catching infections while under treatment. The organization cited early results from a new global survey that showed many infections acquired by patients while hospitalized are especially resistant to antibiotics.


WHO recommended that healthcare workers around the world wash their hands regularly. The release noted five "key moments" when someone should wash their hands with either an alcohol-based rub or soap and water, including before and after coming in contact with a patient or bodily fluids.


The efforts to observe Hand Hygiene Day are one component of the WHO's larger "SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands" campaign. More than 1,100 new healthcare facilities in 168 countries have pledged to observe good hand hygiene practices this year, supplementing more than 16,000 facilities that joined the effort in previous years.