How closely hygiene and health are linked is one of the major insights of medicine. Hygiene is a duty and a matter of course in the health sector – and determines everyday work in doctors' practices, hospitals, nursing homes and homes for the elderly.
However, even if the effectiveness of hygiene measures has priority, other factors have also long been part of the discussion: for example the costs and economic efficiency of the equipment and materials used, the reliability and ease of maintenance of technical equipment, e.g. dispensing systems, and finally, the availability of consumables such as hygiene paper and disinfectants.
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Reliable hand disinfection cannot be done without in corridors, sickrooms and examination rooms, and also in entrance areas, lounges and washrooms. Disinfectants have different germicidal effects and prevent the spread of microorganisms, but less well known though is that the dispenser systems themselves can also make an important contribution to optimal hygiene.
The WHO "5 Moments for Hand Hygiene"
The WHO defines "5 Moments for Hand Hygiene", five specific occasions for hand hygiene:
- Before any touching or contact with patients
- After touching a patient
- After touching the patient's environment
- Before clean/aseptic procedures
- After contact with body fluids or potentially infectious substances
Hand disinfection is indispensable, but this makes water and soap by no means superfluous – for example in examination rooms and washrooms for patients, staff or visitors. In addition to optimum hygiene, economy and service-friendliness of the equipment are also important.
The scientific community recommends towel paper
Drying hands is an essential part of handwashing because germs find ideal conditions to spread on damp hands.
Hospitals in Germany recommend disposable towels for drying hands, and the French Society for Hospital Hygiene SF2H also recommends paper towels but advises against using electric dryers in washrooms. The reason: air flow hand dryers swirl bacteria around the room, onto surfaces and onto clothing that may have remained on the hands.
Treatment rooms are where patients and staff are the closest – and hygiene counts just as much as practical usage.
Where maximum hygiene is a priority, large amounts of waste are produced that cannot be avoided – e.g. from plastic bottles or other sterile packaging. On a small scale though, measures can be taken that are sustainable and conserve resources.