When we are fit and healthy, we can usually defend ourselves against germs and infections. For those who are not healthy, or have recently had a surgical procedure, the ability to fight infection can be weakened. Within healthcare facilities, having an infection can result in:
Good hand hygiene is of key importance for all health care workers. Each time you visit a health care facility, and especially if you're visiting a patient or resident, it is very important to wash your hands, even if they look clean. Bottles or dispensers of hand sanitizer are generally located in all patient care areas and in high traffic areas in health care facilities.
At Henry Schein, our goal is to support your efforts in working toward maintaining the total health of your patients and staff by providing you with the products and tools to ensure your practice has what it needs to prevent the spread of disease. A key step for health care professionals and the public alike is awareness of the importance of hand hygiene—the single most critical measure to avoid the transmission of disease in our communities.
Handwashing involves five simple and effective steps:
You can take to reduce the spread of diarrheal and respiratory illness so you — and others — can stay healthy. Regular handwashing, particularly before and after certain activities, is one of the best ways to remove germs, avoid getting sick, and prevent the spread of germs to others. It's quick, it's simple, and it can keep us all from getting sick. Good hand hygiene can protect you, your family, and others – especially during cold and flu season. Click here for a printable step-by-step guide to good handwashing.
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