Preventing Infection

“Patients are running out of antibiotic options”

Bacteria and other pathogens have increasingly developed resistance to antimicrobials. Dr Lauri Hicks from the CDC has dedicated her career to improving antibiotic use. She explains why stewardship is so critical. Learn more about setting up such a programme.

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Preventing Infection

Medical personnel may not be aware of the risk of infection

Hand hygiene is still not sufficiently and consistently implemented. One possible reason is that medical personnel do not seem to be aware of how often they touch patients, and the surfaces inside and outside of the patient's environment. Such contacts can transmit microorganisms and create potential risks of infection.

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Preventing Infection

Surgical Site Infections –
The history of prevention

Every medical procedure is accompanied by a risk of infection. Preventive measures in particular are key to avoiding postoperative wound infections. Since 1983, health authorities have published recommendations with behavioural guidelines, for example, what steps are important and when they should be taken.

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Preventing Infection

Hand disinfection: Effectiveness is worth the wait

Experts are currently discussing what amount of hand disinfectant should be used, and how long it should be left on for hygienic hand disinfection. According to a new study, the length of time the disinfectant is rubbed in determines its effectiveness. The size of the hands, or the amount used, however, are less significant.

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Preventing Infection

“Thanks for reminding me”- The cultural change in hand hygiene

In a stressful working day, healthcare professionals might forget to clean their hands every time it is necessary. By encouraging patients to remind nurses and doctors of their hand hygiene, compliance rates increase, which results in a decrease in infection rates. Although campaigns such as these may initially seem intimidating, they are bringing about a positive cultural change.

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