Personal hygiene is something extremely important to maintain at all times. It affects the populations of bacteria that might be crawling on humans; hence directly affecting the health of people. This is why various campaigns throughout the past decades have worked in trying to help spread awareness of personal hygiene. The most important body part that gets affected by bacteria and different foreign bodies is the hand due to everything it touches.
A recent study has shown that doctors and nurses working in the intensive care unit (ICU) are the most important personnel who need to keep their hand clean at all times. However, they are also the most people who fail to do so due to the lack of attention and time. The study has shown that this is a very crucial problem as the hygiene in the ICU can determine many things related to the health of the patients.
The study was discussed in the European Congress of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases (ECCMID) in Amsterdam, Netherlands (13-16 April). The study was led by a professors from the Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City, USA; Dr. Loreen Herwaldt.
“Our findings indicate that healthcare workers may inadvertently increase patients’ risks for healthcare-associated infection by the direction in which they do tasks. We need to identify interventions that will help healthcare workers organize their work in a way that decreases this risk and also reduces their workloads,” said Dr. Loreen.