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Proper Hand Hygiene in the Nursing Profession
An examination of the importance of proper hand hygiene in the nursing profession and in medical settings at large.
# 152938 | 2,273 words | 6 sources | APA | 2013 | US

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This paper examines the literature on proper hand hygiene techniques and considers the importance and impact of these techniques on patient care. The paper analyzes methods for improving the quality of hand hygiene by medical professionals and discusses the effects of data collection on the patients themselves. Next, the paper presents data regarding patient outcomes as they relate to levels of hand hygiene and illustrates the need for quality improvement in this area of medical service provision.

Explanation of Hand Hygiene
Support of Hand-hygiene
Hand Hygiene Use and Patient Outcomes
Data Collection's Impact on Patients
Data Report
The Need for Improvement

From the Paper:

"Hand-washing is at once one of the most simple and one of the most effective ways in which to prevent the spread of infectious agents and diseases (Mayo Clinic 2010). Hand-washing has been recommended for the prevention of infectious diseases since the early nineteenth century when scientists found that patients were becoming ill after their doctors treated them directly after handling cadavers (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 2002). Guidelines for proper hand-washing techniques have varied hugely since then, but the current standards for effective hand-washing have been in place since at least the nineteen seventies (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 2002). It is advised to ensure that hand-washing is done effectively one must use soap and warm water and rub vigorously for at least twenty seconds, rinse the hands with warm water, dry the hands with a paper towel, and finally (to prevent recontamination) use the towel to turn off the faucet and open the bathroom door (Minnesota Department of Health 2010). Furthermore, it is essential to ensuring that the hand-washing is effective that great attention is paid to all hand surfaces--not limited to the backs of hands, fingernails, and wrists (Minnesota Department of Health 2010; Mayo Clinic 2010)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Boyce, J.; Kelliher, S. & Vallande, N. (2000). "Skin irritation and dryness associated with two hand-hygiene regimens." Infection control and hospital epidemiology 21(7), pp. 442-8.
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2002). "Guideline for hand hygiene in health-care settings." Morbidity and mortality weekly report 51(16), pp. 1-45.
  • Mayo Clinic. (2010). "Hand washing." Mayo Clinic official website. Accessed 28 October 2010.
  • Minnesota Department of Health. (2010). "Why hand hygiene is important." MDH official website. Accessed 28 October 2010.
  • Pittet, D.; Hugonnet, S.; Harbarth, S.; Mourouga, P.; Sauvan, V.; Touveneau, S. & Perneger, T. (2000). "Effectiveness of a hospital-wide programme to improve compliance with hand hygiene." The Lancet356(9238), pp. 1307-12.

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