World Hand Hygiene Day 2021
WHO calls on health care workers and facilities to achieve effective hand hygiene action at the point of care. Especially during the period of Coronavirus, the point of care refers to the place where three elements come together:
-The health care worker
-Care or treatment involving contact with the patient or their surroundings.
The following handwashing facts show just how easily hands can spread bacteria:
-Globally, only one in five people wash their hands after using the bathroom.
-The average office worker’s hands come into contact with 10 million bacteria per day.
-An estimated 61% of healthcare professionals do not clean their hands correctly.
-Around 50% of hospital-acquired infections can be easily avoided through better hand hygiene.
-Contaminated hands can transfer viruses to more than 5 surfaces or 14 other objects.
-Damp hands spread 1,000 times more bacteria than dry hands.
-Bacteria can stay alive on the hands for up to 3 hours.