Officials Fear Hospital not Following Hand Hygiene

Officials Fear Hospital not Following Hand HygieneFigures opened by the Southern District Health Board (DHB) have shown that many hospital staff members are not following the hygiene guidelines issued by the hospital authorities and are somewhat playing a gamble with their patient's health.

Southern District Health Board referred to the hand hygiene audit that was recently run at Dunedin Hospital and showed that only 53% of hospital staff is efficiently following healthy guidelines and washing or sterilizing their hands before visiting their every patient.

In context to same, doctors' compliance was noted to be about only 40%, showed the figures provided to the Otago Daily Times. Medical facilities follow the rule of hand hygiene, which says that the staff members and doctors must either do traditional hand-wash or should applying an anti-microbial agent without water to clean their hands before attending every patient.

Chief medical officer Mr. David Tulloch confirmed that the national average for hand hygiene compliance is only 63%.

Health officials have called the result of the audit to be highly disturbing. They insisted that the action must be followed by all to give a better protection to them as well as to patients from the unhealthy environment.