International Infection Prevention Awareness Week (October 15-21) is just around the corner, and it’s never too soon for healthcare providers to ensure they’re staying up to date with the latest practices.
The number one job of a healthcare providers is to keep their patients, and themselves, safe from infection. Even something as seemingly simple as hand hygiene should be considered. It’s the easiest way to prevent infection, yet an estimated 50 percent of healthcare workers clean their hands as often as their supposed to. (Check out this resource
from the World Health Organization. Are you washing your hands correctly?)
Several resources are available on the SGNA website, including the Infection Prevention Champions Program Toolkit. The SGNA Infection Prevention Task Force created this program with the goal of establishing a Champion in each facility/setting across the country, acting as the link to the most current infection prevention news, and ensuring safe practices are followed.
Infection Prevention Awareness may be observed for one week each year, but it’s the job of healthcare providers to stay up on the latest information to ensure the safest practices are in place all 365 days a year. Be sure to check out more Infection Prevention resources from The Bottom Line.