Whenever I visit friends in hospitals I see posters encouraging hand washing. Why is this so important? Objects like shoes, for example, can also carry bacteria?
The largest source of bacterial contamination is the so-called cross-infection, which is that transmitted from the health and visitor’s professional to the patient, and from one patient to the other.
The largest transmission vehicle of these contaminations are our hands, as we touch various materials, such as: doorknobs, countertops, foods, other people and etc.
Thus, the simple act of washing hands manages to eliminate the transient bacterial flora, eliminating much of the risk of hospital infection.
For the reader to have an idea of the importance of this act, we highlight that many outbreaks of hospital infection are controlled only with the right hand washing. This is scientifically proven.
It is to say that the washing should be made with soap and water, and in all parts of the hands, including between the fingers and the dorsal part.
Hand washing cannot restrict the visitors. It should be done effectively by all healthcare professionals, be physicians, nurses, physiotherapists, auxiliaries, among Justinshoes.
As for the second part of the question, we can say that other vehicles may also be source of cross-infection, such as: Foods brought to hospital, flowers, gifts, shoes, etc.
Therefore, good sense should always prevail and hygiene standards must be followed. Before visiting a friend or a family member, contact the hospital and follow the recommendations provided by the institution’s Hospital Infection Control Commission (CCIH).