Unsafe Injections and Unclean Hand hygiene major cause of hospital infections in India

by Medindia Content Team on  October 13, 2005 at 7:35 PM Indian Health News   - G J E 4
Unsafe Injections and Unclean Hand hygiene major cause of hospital infections in India
Use of unsafe injection in India is the cause of serious hazards with an estimated 4.2 billion injections are administered in India and the results show that two out of three injections given in India are non-sterile or unsafe and pose serious health hazards.

World Health Organization (WHO) has estimated that over 1.4 million people are suffering from nosocomial or hospital acquired infections at any time and the amount of people from developing countries is still more, with an estimated 40% or more patients infection is caused by healthcare associated infections of which 4,384 children's everyday die of healthcare associated infections in developing countries and these nosocomial infections can be controlled by proper management.

The World Health Organization has stated that a clean and sanitized environment is required in the hospitals to prevent nosocomial infections, the World Health Organization has stated ahead of the 'Clean Care is Safer Care' program in Geneva.

WHO is focusing a lot of its informative programs on Hand hygiene to doctors, paramedics, nurses and patients as Hand is an important factor in the transmission of infections, they may also spread drug resistant microorganisms to others in the hospital and the environment. WHO is to focus and spread the importance of hand hygiene, which is the focus of this year, which could control the spread of health care associated infections. Hand transmission can be controlled by proper hand washing with a hand wash soap solution which reduces infections and spread of microorganisms. On part with its this years focus on Hand hygiene, WHO will launch its guidelines on health hygiene in health care on using different procedures like glove use and reuse, hand rub formulation and alcohol absorption which could effectively control the spread of hospital infection.

Samlee Plianbangchang, regional director of WHO Regional Office for Southeast Asia said, "Healthcare-associated infection is a crucial problem, especially in the light of emergence of life-threatening infections such as severe respiratory syndrome (SARS), and the risk of a new influenza pandemic.

Source: Indo-Asian News Service

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