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Hospital Hygiene Leaflet.

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Most people equate hospitals as being places where they go to get well. Unfortunately, increasing numbers of patients leave hospital with so-called 'hospitalacquired infections'. In some UK hospitals it has been claimed that the incidence rate is as high as 25%. Good hygiene is essential in all areas in a hospital; without it, the chance of cross-contamination and infection with pathogens increases significantly. The critical hygiene requirement is to identify all risk areas and set up a well-controlled and integrated cleaning and disinfection programme. Currently, one of these critical risk factors is the increasing spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and vancomycin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (VRSA). An important factor of hygiene planning is therefore managing the use of antibiotics, as indiscriminate use, both in the treatment of patients and in farming, compounds the problem. In Scandinavia, where the use of antibiotics is more regulated, infections with antibiotic-resistant strains are less common. ...read more.


It is therefore essential that there are adequate hand-washing facilities and effective products in place. Staff are more likely to wash their hands if the wash basin/sink is readily accessible, the water is neither too hot nor too cold and there is a pleasant - ideally, liquid - soap to use. Bar soap may be adequate in the home where everyone shares a similar microbial flora but, in hospitals, bar soap itself can be a source of contamination. It is therefore important that there are liquid soap dispensers to hand, ideally of cartridge type. Cartridge soap does not suffer from the problems of refillable dispensers, which, if they are not properly maintained, kept clean and disinfected, can be a source of microorganisms. There should also be adequate facilities for drying hands. Paper towels or cabinet towels are recommended as hot-air dryers have been known to spread micro-organisms. If wash basins are not readily available, alcohol-based hand disinfectants should be used, particularly for staff with patient contact. ...read more.


It reduces the risk of food contamination and personal accidents, increases productivity by minimising downtime and results in considerable cost savings, while still complying with all the latest regulations. In essence, SafeKitchen is safe for staff, patients, the environment and the equipment. The programme combines an efficient product portfolio with advice and training for staff on the safest and most efficient way to clean hygienically. It provides an active approach to hygiene compliance and the reduction of accidents. Taking Care of Other Areas Although this article places emphasis on hand and Kitchen hygiene, JohnsonDiversey can offer a full Range of products and systems throughout the Hospital. The comprehensive range includes products for general surface cleaning and disinfection, instrument decontamination, hospital laundries and even hospital vehicles. There are disinfectants that can combat outbreaks of even virulent infections. Staff Training Even the best hygiene package will not be effective unless it is used properly. It is vital that staff are trained appropriately. JohnsonDiversey's working methodology is to liaise closely with infectioncontrol nurses to ensure that cleaning - and, where appropriate, disinfection - is executed properly. Thank you for reading this leaflet. ...read more.

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