Jewellery, nail polish and artificial nails:

Why it is necessary to refrain from using them while working in the health sector and the reasons for doing so. Current recommendations indicate that jewellery, nail polish and artificial fingernails hinder proper hand hygiene in healthcare. Read in this factsheet which data and regulations are mentioned in this context and how they can be used as argumentation aids in practice.

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An Infection with noroviruses causes gastroenteritis, a gastrointestinal inflammation in humans. The insidious thing about this virus is that it continually changes its genome, making a universal treatment impossible. The virus exists worldwide, and is responsible for 30 percent of non-bacterial intestinal infections in children and 50 percent in adults.

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KRINKO Recommendation: Prevention of Surgical Site Infection (SSI)

Accounting for approx. 24 %, SSIs are the most frequent nosocomial infections in German acute-care hospitals, while the risk of infection depends on the type of operation. Bacteria, rarely in combination with fungi, are the most common pathogens of an SSI, and the spectrum of pathogens varies depending on the surgical site and type of operation, respectively. Based on the OP-KISS (German surgical site infection surveillance) data from 2010 to 2014, the Robert Koch-Institute reports the following bacteria shares for selected surgical procedures 1:

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Professor Didier Pittet:
The right to hand hygiene

Professor Didier Pittet serves as the director of the Infection Control Programme at the University of Geneva Hospitals and Faculty of Medicine. He was also the lead adviser of World Health Organization’s First Global Patient Safety Challenge: Clean Care is Safer Care.

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L&R Prevent & Protect – platform for infection control

Our informative platform for infection control

L&R Prevent & Protect is intended to keep those in charge of hygiene in the healthcare sector up to date with articles on current research in the fields of hygiene , microbiology and epidemiology. We use scientific studies and complement them with practice-based guidelines , we research helpful facts and report on best-practice experiences of hygiene experts. Our databases on clinically relevant pathogens as well as on basic terms of hygiene and disinfection are updated on an ongoing basis. And we offer helpful and comprehensive information for daily routine in infection prevention .

Our motivation: sound hygiene for clinical practice

The combination of scientific findings and practical application guides all our actions and forms the basis for our user-friendly products and solutions . They allow us to support healthcare professionals in performing caregiving and treatment activities conveniently and efficiently. We assist physicians and nurses in their efforts to prevent infections — to jointly alleviate human suffering and reduce costs caused by infectious diseases.

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