The Reduction Of Infections Among Patients Essays

1759 Words Jul 20th, 2015 8 Pages
The reductions of infections among patients can be greatly improved if health care workers quit being irresponsible and start following hand hygiene policies. Hospitals need to enforce hand hygiene compliance rather than relying on encouraging doctors and nurses to do it themselves. Hand hygiene is an effective way to prevent the spread of infections. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 40 percent of nosocomial infections in patients are caused by poor hygiene of doctors. Another report has 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 physicians. However, there are techniques today that actually enforce health care workers to wash their hands. Hospitals that uses techniques have.
Handwashing was first discovered by Ignaz Semmelweis, the “father of infection control,” through his work for infection control in the maternity wards of Vienna, Austria in the 1840s. He noticed that the mortality rate of babies delivered by medical students and doctors was much higher than those delivered by midwives. The medical students were coming in contact with cadavers and then deliver babies afterwards. The midwives, however, were only delivering babies, with low mortality rates. So Semmelweis created an experiment where physicians washed their hands after working on cadavers and delivering babies. As they started putting more emphasis on their…

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