Can New Technology Be The Solution For Hand Washing Compliance?

1366 Words Jul 23rd, 2015 6 Pages
Can new technology be the solution for hand washing compliance in health care workers? The reductions of infections among patients can be greatly improved if they quit being irresponsible and start following hand hygiene policies. Hospitals need to enforce hand hygiene compliance rather than relying on doctors and nurses to do it themselves. Hand hygiene is an effective way to prevent the spread of hospital acquired infections, also known as nosocomial infections. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 40 percent of nosocomial infections in patients are caused by poor hand hygiene of doctors and nurses. The report also found that the average hand washing rate for health care workers was roughly 10 percent. For the most part, hand hygiene is non-compulsory and hospitals only encourage their workers. However, there are techniques today that actually enforce doctors and nurses to wash their hands. Hospitals that use these techniques have reported more compliance as well as less infection rates among patients. The importance of handwashing for health care workers was first discovered by Ignaz Semmelweis, the “father of infection control.” Through his work on infection control in the maternity wards of Vienna, Austria in the 1840s, he noticed that there were high mortality rates of babies. The mortality rates of babies delivered by medical students and doctors were much higher than those delivered by midwives. He noticed that the medical students were coming in…

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