The Costa Rica News (TCRN) – The National Children’s Hospital is now an “Expert Center in Hand Hygiene,” a recognition that only 10 countries in the world have through a series of measures to prevent the spread of disease in patients who are treated at this facility.

The pediatric infectious disease specialist and coordinator of the Epidemiology Unit, prevention and infection control, Dr. Marcela Hernandez stressed that this achievement was possible thanks to the training of all teams involved in patient care.

“We have teamed up with the strategy of the World Health Organization that seeks to make a change in the system by working hard in the education and training of personnel, records and reminders in the workplace through monitoring and observation,” he said.

According to Dr. Hernandez it’s not only hand washing with soap and water, but also includes cleaning with an alcohol solution at times of increased risk to prevent infections during patient care.

This measure is particularly effective in preventing diarrhea and respiratory infections,

Medical Center recorded 4% infection

The National Children’s Hospital is the first in Costa Rica to achieve this recognition.

About 12 years ago the rate of infection was 12% in the same medical center, but today that figure is 4%, informed the interim director of the Children’s Hospital, Dr. Orlando Urroz.

Professor Didier Pittet, Leader of the First World Challenge in Patient Safety and Improvement Strategy Multimodal Hand Hygiene of the World Health Organization and the University Hospital of Geneva came to our country to receive this recognition.

Dr. Pittet, explained that Children’s Hospital is leading the way for other medical centers on the theme of hand washing and patient care, in order to reduce infections and even deaths.

“The most important thing about Costa Rica’s achievementis that the country competes head to head with other top medically advanced countries of the world in a very positive way. Globally this program saves more than eight million living in the world,” said Dr. Pittet.

Other countries who also have this recognition are: Germany, Hong Kong, Australia, Brazil, Switzerland, Belgium, Singapore and the United Kingdom.
The Costa Rica News (TCRN)

San Jose, Costa Rica