On May 5th, the World Health Organization (WHO) is celebrating World Hand Hygiene Day. This year, their goal is to prevent sepsis in healthcare. Sepsis is a life-threatening organ disfunction that can be a result of infection. According to WHO, “Sepsis is estimated to affect more than 30 million patients every year worldwide.” The CDC reports that one in three patients who die in a hospital have sepsis.
WHO’s calls to action for May 5th, 2018 include:
- Health workers: “Take 5 Moments to clean your hands to prevent sepsis in healthcare.”
- IPC leaders: “Be a champion in promoting hand hygiene to prevent sepsis in healthcare.”
- Health facility leaders: “Prevent sepsis in healthcare, make hand hygiene a quality indicator in your hospital.”
- Ministries of health: “Implement the 2017 WHA sepsis resolution. Make hand hygiene a national marker of healthcare quality.”
- Patient advocacy groups: “Ask for 5 Moments of clean hands to prevent sepsis in healthcare.”
Sepsis is not the only complication that can result from infection. The best way to counteract these complications is to stop the spread of infection. On their website, WHO has a variety of resources and tools for anyone looking to understand or promote hand hygiene awareness.
The best way to prevent the spread of healthcare associated infections, HAIs, is to improve hand hygiene practices. In healthcare facilities, healthy hand hygiene practices can sometimes be neglected or avoided if hand sanitizers dry out the skin or staff members are not constantly reminded.
The best way to ensure both patients and staff are washing and sanitizing their hands regularly is with a complete hand hygiene program. The Symmetry® Hand Hygiene Program has a variety of hand washes and sanitizers that kill 99% of germs without drying out your hands. Symmetry dispensers have large sight windows to check product levels, and Symmetry hand hygiene products are packaged in no-drip bags.
Symmetry also has important added benefits. Having access to hand hygiene products is often not enough to encourage the people in your facility to wash their hands. Symmetry has customizable education and awareness tools, designed to maximize hand hygiene practices in your facility. These include wall charts, posters, product literature, and hand washing videos. The Symmetry program incorporates behavioral science into placards and signs to inspire people to wash or sanitize their hands.
Careful attention to hand hygiene in healthcare facilities can save lives. Contact your local Symmetry representative to find out more about how Symmetry can improve hand hygiene compliance in your facility.
In December 2017, the FDA issued a final rule in regards to triclosan and 23 other active ingredients in healthcare antiseptic products. They have given companies a year to remove antiseptics containing triclosan from their facilities.
Triclosan was originally added to products like healthcare antiseptics to reduce bacterial contamination. Currently, the FDA has no evidence that products containing triclosan are any more effective than products without it. Because of this, triclosan adds more risk than benefit to consumers.
Though studies are ongoing, some research has shown that triclosan has been associated with health risks and may contribute to antibiotic resistance. According to the FDA, companies have not been able to provide sufficient data regarding the safety and effectiveness of triclosan.
For healthcare facilities, this means taking a second look at your hand hygiene program and products. The Symmetry® Hand Hygiene Program is an FDA-compliant hand hygiene program. Symmetry hand washes and sanitizers are effective and triclosan-free. They are also gentle on the hands of healthcare workers who sanitize multiple times a day. Symmetry provides a variety of product options, including Green Seal™ certified products and fragrance-free products. The complete Symmetry Hand Hygiene Program can be customized to fit the needs of your facility.
For more information on how to improve your hand hygiene program or about the FDA’s triclosan ban, contact your local Buckeye representative.
Buckeye’s goal is to manufacture products that are safer for the worker and environment with a commitment to uncompromised product performance. Buckeye’s Green Seal™ certified products not only outperform other green products, they also outperform non-green, conventional chemistries.
So what exactly does Green Seal certified mean? “Green Seal is an independent non-profit organization dedicated to safeguarding the environment and transforming the marketplace by promoting the manufacture, purchase, and use of environmentally responsible products and services.” For a product to be Green Seal certified means that is meets rigorous health, performance and environmental criteria and Buckeye has over 20 products that are Green Seal certified. Buckeye Green Seal certified products are dilutable (where applicable), butyl-free, and contain no APEO’s or EDTA, and may be used in multiple applications while maintaining maximum product performance.
Having Green Seal certified products is part of Buckeye’s sustainability commitment, which is to provide the most innovative, high performance products, packaging, and programs that promote human health and safety. Buckeye also proactively eliminated products that contained potentially hazardous ingredients including butyl, ammonia, solvents, and alcohol bases. To learn more about Green Seal go to http://www.greenseal.org.