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Acta Vulnologica 2009 March;7(1):27-30

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Antiseptic hands washing as infections transmission prevention

Pandale M., Angelini L.

1 Geriatrician at ICOS, Cervesina, Pavia, Italy
2 Nursing Coordinator at ICOS Cervesina, Pavia, Italy


Aim. Hand washing is the cornerstone of prevention of infections and one of several gestures not expected by health professionals (operatori socuio sanitari, OSS) for various reasons: lack of training, experience and knowledge of guidelines, lack of suitable agents for washing hands, excessive work loads and / or insufficient staff, lack of administrative control. Numerous studies have shown how the use of an alcoholic solution is currently the best choice for the intrinsic properties of the product, ease and simplicity of use. The aim of this paper was to improve the hygiene of the hands of OSS to reduce the bacterial flora and transient residents, thus avoiding the transmission of infections.
Methods. The project is divided into several phases: education, use of an alcoholic solution located in strategic points, monitoring of procedures, reinforcement of messages, verification of results
Results and conclusion. Adherence to procedures, reduction of infections, improved quality of life of the host, reduction of antibiotic

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