It is a brave new world for hand hygiene. Technology has changed allot of our daily routines and made life a great deal simpler. We have cell phone, iPods, iPads, electronic books and GPS - all seeking to make our life simpler.
Just as we have learned to adapt to technology, so too, we need to adapt to new knowledge about bacteria and upgrade our hand hygiene protocols.
We now have a better understanding of bacteria and its transmission. We now know the unseen can actually harm us and that clean in appearance may not and most likely is not sanitized.
We need to translate our knowledge of bacteria into practical changes in our every day lives not just to save money but to save lives.
Hand washing can offer cost savings and save lives.
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Hand washing is the number way to prevent the spread of communicable disease.
Hand washing and proper hand hygiene is the number one way to keep ourselves and our families healthy.
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In our hospitals today, imagine a simple remedy to save $286 million, the equivalent of more than $5,000 PER PATIENT.1 A simple remedy of knowing how to wash our hands and how to use anti-MRSA wipes. Going through the motions of hand washing is not getting the job done and it is costing us millions. Science has taught us that hand washing is the number one way to prevent illness. Many hospitals are including hand washing in their employee orientations. In response to this new knowledge base, the World Health Organization (WHO) has targeted hospital administrators, public health officials and health care workers (HCWs) charged them with the task to take better care with hand washing and proper hand hygiene. WHO even included new guidelines for hand washing.
Dr. Oz, a world-renowned physician who has a daily television show in the United States, has stated that we have a "death triangle" on our face - the eyes, the nose and the mouth - all of these come in contact with potentially deadly contaminants from our hands.
The risk is growing - the population at risk is the elderly which here in the United States is the largest growing segment of our population.
The real question is are we listening and are we learning? And yes there will be a quiz at the end.
A few quotes from the new WHO guidelines:
“• When washing hands, wet hands with water and apply enough soap to cover all surfaces; rinse hands with water and dry thoroughly with a single-use towel. Whenever possible, use clean, running water. Avoid hot water, which may increase the risk for dermatitis.
• Liquid, bar, leaf, or powdered soap is acceptable; bars should be small and placed in racks that allow drainage.
• When using alcohol based hand rub, rub a palm ful of alcohol-based hand rub over all hand surfaces until dry.
• Soap and alcohol-based handrub should not be used together.”
Germs thrive and multiply with warmth and water.
Warm hand dryers may promote germs and counter our hand washing efforts.
Re-using antibacteria wipes is not frugal.
Re-using antibacteria wipes is unsanitary, unproductive and can be dangerous.
Anti-MRSA Wipes Need Proper Use
- Anti-MRSA wipes "spreading the superbug" in hospitals - Telegraph
Disinfectant wipes which promise to eradicate MRSA from hospital wards are inadvertently spreading the deadly superbug, scientists have found.
Hand Washing is the Number One Way to Prevent the Spread of Illness
Germs live and multiply in warm, moist places.
Our hands touch our nose, eyes, mouth or broken skin and quickly transport germs to the inside of our body. Our immune system is amazing but not foolproof - we need to do our part and know how to clean our hands properly and understand what allows germs to grow and multiple - warmth and water.
Yes, even the hot air hand dryer has been found to be a culprit in aiding the life of germs.
Hand washing is the number way to prevent the spread of communicable disease. Hand washing and proper hand hygiene is the number one way to keep ourselves and our families healthy.
Use Disinfecting Tools Properly
Tools only work well and do what they are intended to do IF used properly. A new study shows that anti-MRSA wipes are spreading not containing infection. Why? We are being "frugal" by re-using the anti-MRSA wipes. With germs we must be conscious not to re-use wipes which will spread germs.
Hand Dryers Not the Proper Tool
Hot water is great IF it is boiling and kills the germs. Warm water, on the other hand, allows germs to grow and multiply. A new study shows that hand dryers are hurting us - they are spreading the germs and not helping us prevent illness.
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4 Practical Take Aways for Hand Hygiene
The take aways here are simple. Hand washing is critical. Germs although unseen really do exist. And while my immune system may be able to handle the germs, I could transmit my germs to someone such as your loved one whose immune system may not be able to handle the germs that I am carrying. MRSA is just one example of a potentially deadly infection.
Four simple items to keep in mind:
- Warmth and water invites germs.
- Boiling water kills germs. Ozonated water or food sanitizers using ozone kill bacteria/germs usingcool water.
- Re-using wipes is not frugal it is unsanitary and can be dangerous.
- Warm hand dryers may promote germs and counter our hand washing efforts.
State Funding for Hand Washing - $100,000 Effort
- State Backs More Hospital Hand-washing - Baltimore Sun
A state panel charged with health care unveiled its first major initiative Tuesday: an effort to improve hand-washing at Maryland hospitals.Called the Maryland Hospital Hand Hygiene Collaborative,
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© 2010 Kelly Kline Burnett
Kelly Kline Burnett (author) from Fontana, WI on May 12, 2015:
Your grandfather was brilliant!
Teaching our children, the importance of hand washing is key to the next generation.
Thank you so much for your contribution!
Ben Zoltak from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA on May 01, 2015:
Cool essay and contains a lot of well thought out, cogent points about hygiene. My grandfather was of the polio generation and was nearly tyrannical about hand washing. I find that I am more lax in day to day situations, taking into account our need for natural gut flora, wild yeasts and bacteria can also be beneficial to a degree. But in other situations, especially anything regarding large groups of hominids, aka homo sapiens sapiens, gathering around fetid bathrooms, social gatherings, food consumption, I am more apt to wash like hell!
Great read, well done!
Kelly Kline Burnett (author) from Fontana, WI on July 25, 2012:
I love businesses that place a disposal can outside the door of the washroom - brilliant idea but sadly I have only seen it once. I wish I had taken a photo and written about it now that you mention it.
Our hands, our purses, our data devices all harbor germs.
I remember watching the movie about the life of Howard Hughes and thought he was a maniac - his idea of germs was true - albeit he was extreme but still there was a basis in his phobia.
We all must be better aware of our surrounding and know that the unseen can hurt us, bacteria is a problem that we can effectively fight.
RTalloni on July 24, 2012:
So glad to see this post--it's important! There should be a number 7 on the healthy hand washing chart. If any one person does not wash their hands or improperly washes their hands and we open the exit door after them we pick up their germs and their germs could make us very sick or possibly be deadly--especially if we think our hands are now clean. Using a dry towel to open the door is the answer. Many people are doing this, therefore many businesses are placing a disposal can at the exit door. The place I see this the least? Hospitals and nursing home/rehab centers! I hope it will catch on everywhere.
Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on July 24, 2012:
These are great reminders and so important for good health. I was surprised that hand dryers are actually counter-productive! Voted up and shared.
Kelly Kline Burnett (author) from Fontana, WI on January 26, 2012:
Zla Ahmed khan,
Thank you very much for your comments and stopping by. Greatly appreciate it.
Zia Ahmed from Kuwait on May 27, 2011:
Very nice and informative hub. Thanks for sharing.
Kelly Kline Burnett (author) from Fontana, WI on May 13, 2010:
You bring up an important point we did not touch upon - the computer and the cell phones are great breading ground for germs. Excellent point.
edguider on May 13, 2010:
Going to wash my hands more often now, We forget how important this is, especially for those of us who are on the computer typing all day
Kelly Kline Burnett (author) from Fontana, WI on May 12, 2010:
That was precisely my goal! It is hard in our busy lives to add another task but proper hand washing is critical to our health. Thank you so much for stopping by. Love your profile photo and your Hubs!
billyaustindillon on May 12, 2010:
A great hub covering everything about sanitary hands. A great reminder to wash your hands properly and how easy it is to pick up germs. So many products now also.