Hand Washing: Why all the Fuss?

All the doctors and staff at PDG strictly adhere to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines for antiseptic hand washing because hand washing can save lives.

Clean hands are the single most important factor in preventing the spread of pathogens and antibiotic resistance in dentist and general healthcare settings. By washing hands before and after patients, this significantly reduces the incidence of healthcare associated infections. This is important because the CDC estimates that each year nearly 2 million patients in the United States get an infection in hospitals, and about 90,000 of these patients die as a result of their infection.

Recent studies of healthcare-associated infection rates were lower when antiseptic hand washing was performed by personnel and went down when adherence to recommended hand hygiene practices improved. The doctors and staff at PDG always use wash their hands with an antiseptic soap or an alcohol based hand rub solution. According to the CDC, both are effective in decreasing the spread of pathogens.

The doctors and staff at PDG understand the CDC guidelines and practice this every day. In each of our operatories, we have both antiseptic soaps and alcohol-based hand rub solutions. Additionally, we have automatic towel dispensing units in each operatory to further decrease the spread of infection after proper hand washing. Finally, we use non-latex and powder free gloves when working on our patients.

We hope that this brief but pertinent article on hand washing sheds light on the importance of proper hand washing. We understand that prevention is the key to the spread of infections. You can expect that we follow these strict guidelines each and every day!!