Friday, 22 May 2020

Handwashing in the clinical setting

The importance of handwashing in the clinical setting is demonstrated by 80% of sepsis cases are contracted outside of the hospital (see video below), hand hygiene plays a critical role in the prevention of infections, and therefore the prevention of sepsis.

Consequently, the WHO and the GSA urge all healthcare institutions, all health workers, as well as all policymakers and other stakeholders to address hand hygiene, infection prevention and control, and sepsis holistically as pillars of a coordinated strategy.

There are between 47 and 50 million cases of sepsis every year worldwide, with 11 million deaths per year. 20% of all worldwide deaths per year are associated with sepsis, including many from SARS-CoV-2 / COVID-19.

In May 2017, the World Health Assembly adopted a resolution on improving the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of sepsis, spearheaded by the Global Sepsis Alliance.

Posted by Dr. Tim Sandle, Pharmaceutical Microbiology Resources (

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