Hand Hygiene and Disease Prevention
International Infection Prevention Week
Shortly after the Infectious Disease Week conference earlier this month, the world recognized International Infection Prevention Week. The leading minds in contagious disease met and discussed new research, new guidelines for safety, and novel concepts to keep the public safe. With Ebola still affecting parts of the globe and well-known bacteria like Clostridium difficile continuing to cause infections in the United States and elsewhere, the message was clear: infection prevention is still a priority, no matter where you are.
The experts of the conference were in agreement that the best formula for fighting infectious diseases is prevention. Hand hygiene was of particular note, as many infectious diseases can be contracted from skin contact. As a Group Purchasing Ordering (GPO) provider supplying hand hygiene products to nursing homes, where many residents have weakened immune systems, we were particularly interested in the results of the conference. We’re not just suppliers, however. We also perform detailed assessments on our clients’ facilities to ensure that operations are being carried out efficiently.
While there are established guidelines set forth by the World Health Organization for hand hygiene, recent studies have suggested that many medical workers fail to properly sanitize their hands. When you think about it, the average person doesn’t know best practices about how to wash hands. For most of us, it’s not that important how we wash our hands—just as long as they get washed. Doctors must be held to a higher standard. The study found that over 98% of clinicians adequately wash their palms, but less than half sanitize the backs of their hands, 44% sanitize their fingertips, and only 37% clean their thumbs. Improvement can be made by providing clinicians with standardized hand-washing techniques, but also by providing more up-to-date hand sanitizing products. That’s where Caretech Group comes in.
How Caretech Group Helps
Caretech Group is playing an active role in the fight against preventable infectious diseases. We provide nursing homes and assisted living facilities with cutting-edge products—including hand sanitizing systems—at competitive prices. Our end-to-end operational assessments play a key role in highlighting areas in which our clients can improve—operationally, financially, logistically, and otherwise. We enhance our clients’ workflow with a variety of easy-to-use, intuitive applications that track purchases and inventory, ensuring that our clients never run out of essential disease-preventing products. For more information on our services, please visit our homepage or give us a call at (866) 338-2129.