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Save Lives: Clean Hands. Campaign already has 9 million accessions in 168 countries

On World for Hand Hygiene Promotion, Sunday (5), the WHO states that washing hands could save millions of lives

 
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Health professionals Brasilia receive instructions on how to clean hands corretamentamente
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During the celebration of the World Day for the Promotion of Hand Hygiene on Sunday (5), the World Health Organization (WHO) warns that millions of patients acquire some kind of infection from poor hygiene in hospitals and clinics every year .

According to WHO, the majority of these diseases could be prevented simply doctors, nurses and caregivers wash their hands before and after care.

Infections generally occur by germs transferred by contact of nurses and doctors with patients. The most common infections are urinary and blood, in areas where surgery was undertaken and pneumonia.

According to the agency, 10% of all hospitalized patients in developing countries end up contracting some sort of infection. In industrialized countries, the rate is slightly lower. The concern is greater among people hospitalized in intensive care units, ICU. In such cases, infections rise to 30%.

WHO's envoy for patient safety Liam Donaldson said that infections caused by health workers represent a major burden worldwide. According to Donaldson, they also threaten the safety and care of patients, leading to suffering physical, psychological and even, in some cases, death. "Not to mention the financial losses and expenditures for health care," he said.

The care program UN agency gives some tips and simple instructions to workers in the health sector to prevent contamination of patients. Doctors and nurses should clean their hands with alcohol or soap and water before touching the patient and before handling any type of instrument that will contact the person. The cleaning hands must also be made according to the WHO, after care, after contact with body fluids and the surrounding area where the patient was.

More than 15 000 health facilities with over 9 million employees spread across 168 countries pledged to participate in the campaign: "Save Lives: Clean Hands". According to organizers, the campaign was launched in 2009 and last year, 12 new countries have begun to participate in the initiative.

Veja o Guia oficial da OMS para higiene das mãos para profissionais de saúde (em inglês)

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