Infection Prevention Education Hub

Infection Prevention Starts With You!

Every day, thousands of people acquire infections while receiving healthcare. One of the first steps in avoiding the transmission of pathogens and preventing healthcare-associated infections is proper hand washing and hand sanitization procedures in your facility. It has long been recognized that proper hand hygiene reduces the transmission of pathogenic microorganisms. Unfortunately, overall compliance with hand hygiene guidelines by healthcare workers continues to be suboptimal.

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Factors that contribute to poor compliance include:

  • Lack of knowledge
  • Understaffing and overcrowded patient load
  • Poor access to hand washing or sanitization facilities
  • Irritant contact dermatitis of clinicians’ hands
  • Lack of organizational commitment to appropriate hand hygiene
  • Infection prevention is everyone’s responsibility!

When it comes to hand hygiene, not only can healthcare workers make a difference, but patients can also help impede transmission of infection by practicing proper hand hygiene and encouraging visitors to do the same. Patients, however, often need to be educated about the importance of clean hands and how to clean their hands, in order to be part of the solution. Patient education is becoming another responsibility of healthcare facilities as they seek every way possible to eliminate HAI outbreaks.

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Continuing Education and Information

Knowledge Network Clinical Education: In today's world, change defines every level of the healthcare industry, from technology to legislation, and from clinical research to practice standards. To help you stay informed, Halyard Health provides educational programs and resources designed to offer insights on key healthcare initiatives.

Knowledge Network* also provides a variety of information on HAI and other critical healthcare related topics, including Knowledge Network's* Clinical Issues:

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