The simple, but essential, gesture of washing your hands thoroughly is necessary for the prevention of infections, in hospitals and beyond. And it also helps reduce the spread of communicable diseases like Covid-19. As a reminder, the World Health Organization (WHO) is promoting World Hand Hygiene Day on 5 May. The Italian Dermatological Institute Irccs, which organized a series of initiatives aimed at raising awareness among patients on the occasion of this day, took on and relaunched the message. “In Italy it is estimated that 5-8% of patients admitted to healthcare facilities can contract a hospital infection – remembers Annarita Panebianco, Idi Irccs Health Director – and even if not all healthcare-related infections are preventable, it is estimated that at least half could be avoided “. For the occasion, a stand will be set up inside the Roman hospital manned by doctors and nurses who, with the help of prepared information material, will illustrate how, in the care sector, but also in everyday life, to wash the hands properly prevent the transmission of the microorganisms responsible for numerous infectious diseases, from the flu and the cold, to more severe ones such as health-related resistant bacterial infections. Recommendations all the more necessary in full pandemic emergency. “It is of fundamental importance – continues Panebianco – to pay attention in the practice of careful hand washing, at home, in health centers, in the community, in order to avoid the transmission of Sars-Cov-2 and limit the risk of co-infection. with other microorganisms “. Clean care is also one of the challenges to be faced in achieving the Agenda 2030 sustainable development goals.
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