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Majority of Canadian healthcare workers non-compliant with hand hygiene

December 27, 2012

WASHINGTON — Data from 10 million hand hygiene events using electronic monitoring technology revealed for the first time that nine out of 10 healthcare workers currently access hand sanitizer using only one dose from a dispenser, according to a press release.

hand sanitizerAs recommended by the Provincial Infectious Diseases Advisory Committee (PIDAC), hand sanitizer volume should be such that it wets hands fully and provides "15 seconds of rubbing" before drying, the release stated.

According to the release, in addition, Health Canada recommends that each hand sanitizing event should meet the standards of the Healthcare Personal Hand Wash (HCPHW) test which requires a three log reduction against the test organism, Escherichia coli (E. coli).

The combination of proper "dose" and "wet time" is critical in helping to prevent healthcare-associated infections (HAIs), the release noted.

"To get clean hands, it is very important to have your hands wet for 15 seconds — and it is easiest for all of us, if we can get that volume with one dose," said Dr. Allison McGeer.

Click here to read the release in its entirety.