Nosocomial infections (NI) are a global problem of our time. Sick people by entering a medical institution, in addition to their disease, become infected with nosocomial infections (Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus, Proteus) most often, acquiring other diseases such as pneumonia, gastrointestinal tract or urinary tract infectious diseases, and after operations – wounds suppuration and other inflammatory processes. Overlapping main disease NI increases its duration, and causes new problems, increases postoperative mortality, newborn mortality, and affects infant mortality in general. The number of patients with NI reaches, according to various estimates, from 10 to 70% of the total number admitted to the hospital, wherein 2% of the disease cases are fatal.
The carriers of this clinically pronounced disease of microbial origin are the employees of the medical institution.
The economic damage caused by NI is enormous: annually in the United States, it is about 5-10 billion dollars. In the Russian Federation, this figure, according to the most conservative estimates, can reach 10-15 billion rubles (according to V. G. Akimkin, Deputy Director of the Federal State Budgetary Institution Scientific Research Institute of Disinfectology, Rospotrebnadzor, Ph.D., professor). Published at www.medicus.ru)
Most infectious diseases are transmitted through the medical staff’s dirty hands because the hands of medical personnel are one of the key factors for pathogenic microorganisms transmission, both from medical personnel to patients and from patients to medical personnel.
The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that about a third of infectious diseases acquired in hospitals can be prevented through effective infection control programs. And hands hygiene is recognized as the most important measure that helps to limit spread of infectious diseases.
Hand washing takes time, which is not always available for health workers. The correct hand washing procedure takes 1-2 minutes. And according to one mathematical model, to achieve 100% compliance with standards, a nurse will need to devote 16% of her time to wash her hands. Although limited access to hand washing is an important risk factor, sinks are expensive and cannot be installed in all places that are convenient for doctors and nurses. Soap can also be contaminated with microorganisms and spread the infection. Infectious microbes can get on your hands from the sink, water tap, and the water.
The widespread use of Sanitelle® products in medical institutions will significantly reduce the risk of NI because of:
Sanitelle® range of skin antiseptics can be used anytime, anywhere – there is no need to rinse them with water or wipe with tissues.
Alcohol is the most effective, fast-acting, and safest antiseptic.
The use of hand antibacterial agents is the most effective measure to increase compliance with hygiene rules. Especially when the skin antiseptic is generally accessible, and located in places, which are convenient for workers.