Research for infection protection

Abstract: Hand disinfection: simpler and better

For more than 30 years, the recommended hand disinfection rub-in technique has comprised six certain steps, with each of them to be performed five times. In general, healthcare workers had been trained using this method up until only recently.

All hygiene experts assumed that this rub-in technique ensures that both hands are completely covered with hand disinfectant. A recent study, however, found that these six steps do not achieve a complete coverage of the hands. Surprisingly, the best results were achieved by the method that gave no special instructions: the responsible application.

Since the end of 2011, also the German “Aktion Saubere Hände” (Clean Hands Campaign) has recommended this responsible rub-in technique. Thus, hand disinfection becomes simpler and better.

Speech by Prof. Dr. med. Günter Kampf. Lunchtime Symposium: Hospital-acquired infection and hand hygiene: How research findings improve infection protection, Berlin, Germany, 9 November 2012, arranged by the BODE SCIENCE CENTER, Hamburg, Germany, scientific centre of excellence of PAUL HARTMANN AG, Heidenheim, Germany.