Every year, we celebrate “Hand Hygiene Day” on 5th May. But, most of the people forget all about hygiene in the very next day. Everyone should remember that a single day cannot help you combat infections and diseases. You should maintain cleanliness and hygiene throughout the year. For maintaining a healthy life, you need to take care of everything, from cleaning supplies to your own consciousness.
World Health Organization or WHO urges everyone to take the fight against antibiotic resistance very seriously. In this context, it is important to know that WHO has introduced “hand hygiene” and “infection prevention and control” (IPC) programs to aware people. The organization has identified hand hygiene as the core of the IPC program. This year, you can also take an active part in Hand Hygiene Day by supporting certain call-to-actions. For 2017, all the campaign materials will be co-branded with “Antibiotics, handle with care” to define the connection between antimicrobial resistance and IPC efforts. You might be curious to know which are these call-to-actions. Let’s find out.
For Health Workers
Let’s clean our hands at the right times and prevent the spread of antibiotic resistance.
For Medical Chief Executive Officers and Administrators
Take part in a year-round infection prevention and control program to save the patients from the attack of resistant infection.
For Policy Makers
Let’s make infection prevention and hand hygiene as a national policy to stop the spreading of antibiotic resistance.
For IPC Leaders
This is the time to execute the hand hygiene campaigns and begin a journey to achieve the core components for infection prevention and control.
Aims of These Call-to-actions
- Better the health-care services
- Remove the myths and misconceptions about hand hygiene
- Encourage the patients to take a vital role in their care by asking the health-care providers to maintain the cleanliness.
Now let’s discuss how we can maintain the hygiene in our daily life to make the motive of Hand Hygiene Day successful. It is very important to choose the right kind of cleaning supplies, hand hygiene products in particular. Whenever you are going to buy hand-hygiene products, you need to consider certain factors.
Factors You should Consider about Cleaning Supplies: Hand-hygiene Products
1. Hand Soaps
You should always buy those hand soap products that have least harmful ingredients. There are some common characteristics of these soaps that can affect your skin such as smell and color.
2. Frequent Use of Hand-wash
Several studies have indicated that frequent use of hand-wash can affect your skin badly. Most of the people think that a frequent use of hand-hygiene products will keep them safe. But this is not the truth. Don’t forget that all of these products have a few chemical elements as well. Frequent exposures of your skin to these chemicals are not good for your skin at all.
Be it your home, or your facility, you should always consider an effective dispenser system. You will find a number of dispensers available in the market. Choose a dispenser keeping in the mind your purpose. A dispenser that is perfect for your home, may not be suitable for the health-care facilities.
Gloves are equally important for hand-hygiene. Health-care workers need to touch a lot of things that can spread diseases. So, you should provide your workers with standard gloves and make them wear it while they are in service. In fact, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has made it mandatory that gloves must be worn during those patient-care activities that may spread the infections or diseases.
It would be better if you make a checklist of cleaning supplies for your health-care facilities or other commercial places. Hand-hygiene products (hand-wash, gloves, dispensers etc) should be placed on the top of your checklist and you should always have these products in your inventory.
A Final Takeaway
Let’s start this Hand-hygiene Day with a promise that we will maintain the hygiene throughout the year. This is the very initial step that we need to take. If you maintain the things discussed above, you can avoid antibiotic resistance to a great extent. So what are you thinking? Let’s make our surrounding worth living!
Looking for more cleaning and hygiene tips? Keep an eye on our next blog. Have a great Hand-Hygiene day!