Research for infection protection

Hand Disinfection

Most pathogens such as viruses, bacteria and fungi are transmitted via the hands. Alcohol-based hand disinfectants reliably inactivate these microorganisms. Hence, hand disinfection is considered the most important protective measure against infection.

Interview: Best practice: Establishing hand hygiene programmes successfully

Multimodal hand hygiene programmes belong to the best practice when it comes to improving the hand hygiene behaviour among healthcare workers. The practical implementation, however, is a great challenge for clinics. Eva Redon,...[more]

Basis for good hand hygiene compliance: skincare substances, attitudes and role models

Hand disinfection is the most important measure to prevent the transmission of nosocomial infection. However, although medical and nursing staff are aware of the vital importance of hand disinfection, compliance is often...[more]

Optimal rub-in technique for hygienic hand disinfection

A hand disinfection’s success also depends on complete coverage of the hands. The reason: skin areas not sufficiently covered with hand disinfectant may be a risk of transmission and infection.
According to studies a predefined...[more]

Risks of infection in healthcare settings due to artificial nails

Risks of infection in healthcare settings due to artificial nailsIn health care, it is often discussed whether artificial or polished nails are a threat to hygienic. In several studies, artificial nails have been shown to pose a...[more]

Improve working processes – increase compliance

Hygiene experts agree: there is great potential in infection prevention. Up to 30 per cent of all nosocomial infections are avoidable, when employees would even better carry out existing recommendations on hygiene. A crucial...[more]

Hand disinfectants: better antimicrobial activity by sufficiently high ethanol contents

Healthcare workers are advised to use alcohol-based hand disinfectants for routine hand disinfection. The preparations’ efficacy depends on the application time, quantity applied and alcohol concentration. One of the commonly...[more]

Ethanol concentration table: what is the percentage by volume or weight?

The concentration of alcohol in a hand rub / gel is usually described as a percentage. This percentage may be expressed by volume or by weight. The two different scales are necessary because the volume “contracts” if ethanol and...[more]

Five moments for hand hygiene

Jointly with US-American colleagues and basing on the long experience of the University Hospitals Geneva with national hand hygiene programmes, Swiss scientists developed the “My 5 Moments for Hand Hygiene” concept. The...[more]

Responsible application is recommended by the German national Clean Hands Campaign

Since the end of 2011, the German national „Clean Hands Campaign“ suggests a hand-disinfection, independent of fixed steps. This recommendation is based on a study by Kampf et al., where self-dependent hand-rubbing achieved best...[more]

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