Adequate hand hygiene maintained by medical personnel is an indispensable prerequisite for controlling nosocomial infections.

Hygienic hand disinfection performed before and after providing patient care is the key element of each medical procedure.

Surgical hand preparation should precede each surgical intervention. Not only using a proper soap or disinfectant is important, but also an adequate technique which should be in accordance with WHO guidance.

The growing number of bacterial infections

Today media inform the society about the growing number of bacterial infections. The drug-resistant superbug, which is immune to almost all known antibiotics and was first discovered in New Delhi, has now spread in all regions of the world.

This superbug known as New Delhi lives in the gastrointestinal tract and on the skin. It can exist on any surface in hospital (beds, mattresses, toilets, medical furniture, medical equipment) and therefore on the hands of medical personnel as well.

Widely used antibiotic treatment stimulates its drug-resistance. In the situation of immunodeficiency when the patient is infected by New Delhi the possible complications can be very dangerous including pneumonia, urinary tract infection, meningitis or even sepsis. Postoperative wounds infections happen very often. In this case number of deaths is very high.

Adequate surgical hand preparation is the key element in infection prevention – including New Delhi superbug. “Surgical hand preparation should reduce the release of skin bacteria from the hands of the surgical team for the duration of the procedure in case of an unnoticed puncture of the surgical glove releasing bacteria to the open wound. In contrast to the hygienic handwash or handrub, surgical hand preparation must eliminate the transient and reduce the resident flora. It should also inhibit growth of bacteria under the gloved hand’ (WHO Guidelines on Hand Hygiene in Health Care).

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Further reading resources:

  1. Antimicrob Resist Infect Control.2017 Feb 16;6:24. doi: 10.1186/s13756-017-0182-3. eCollection 2017:

The sink as a potential source of transmission of carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceaein the intensive care unit.

De Geyter D1Blommaert L1Verbraeken N1Sevenois M2Huyghens L2Martini H1Covens L1Piérard D1Wybo I1.

  1. Acta Paediatr.2015 Aug;104(8):e344-9. doi: 10.1111/apa.13005. Epub 2015 Apr 22.

Self-disinfecting sink drains reduce the Pseudomonas aeruginosa bioburden in a neonatal intensive care unit.

Fusch C1,2Pogorzelski D1Main C2,3Meyer CL2El Helou S1,2Mertz D2,4,5,6.

  1. Clin Infect Dis.2017 Sep 15;65(6):935-942. doi: 10.1093/cid/cix465.

Control of Multidrug-Resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa in Allogeneic Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant Recipients by a Novel Bundle Including Remodeling of Sanitary and Water Supply Systems.

Kossow A1Kampmeier S1Willems S1Berdel WE2Groll AH3Burckhardt B3Rossig C3Groth C2Idelevich EA4Kipp F1Mellmann A1Stelljes M2.

  1. Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, Volume 70, Issue 5, 1 May 2015, Pages 1322–1330,

Analysis of a long-term outbreak of XDR Pseudomonas aeruginosa: a molecular epidemiological study

Matthias Willmann Daniela Bezdan Luis Zapata Hana SusakWichard Vogel Klaus Schröppel Jan Liese Christopher WeidenmaierIngo B. Autenrieth Stephan Ossowski … Show more

Published:11 January 2015