IP Monthly Minute Featured Infection Prevention News

IP Monthly Minute Featured Infection Prevention News


There is absolutely no problem with the
use of alcohol based hand rub repetitively during patient care we can
hardly monitored any alcohol or any of the metabolites of alcohol when the
healthcare workers are just applying alcohol-based hand rub on the hands even
if they use it a lot like in critical care. Dyes as allergens? Non-existent. So in ten
years and 10,000 patients I haven’t seen a single person allergic to a dye.
Fragrances on the other hand are a little bit more complicated. Our analysis
showed that for every for 10% increase in our hand hygiene compliance we saw a
six percent decrease in our overall healthcare associated infection rate. We
also saw a very similar trend with our C. Difficile infections. In the ARN guidelines there was a
recent change to go from preferring the use of CHG in surgical hand rubs to
allowing products to meet FDA requirements. So in these updated
guidelines the focus is more on the overall efficacy of the product and not
just on inclusion of CHG. Yeah we’ve had an electronic monitoring system on all
of our inpatient beds for over two years now some of them have been in for three
years.

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