Health care workers hands are the most usual type of vehicle for transmission of health care associated infections. The present study was undertaken in a hospital setting to demonstrate the presence of bacterial flora on the hands of healthcare workers (HCWs). By using proper hand hygiene method to reduce the risk of cross-transmission of infection in healthcare facilities (HCFs).
Materials and Methods: A total of 50 number of different Health care workers (Doctors, Medical students, Nurses, Technicians, and Attenders) were tested for microbes. Each person’s hand impressions were cultured before and after application of alcohol based hand rub.
Results: Before the application of hand rub, 56% of the HCWs carried Micrococci, 12% were MRSA, 8% ESBL, 8% Staphylococcus epidermidis and 2% Enterococcus faecalis on their hand but after use of alcohol hand rub with a proper hand hygiene technique, it was found to be zero growth among HCWs.
Conclusion: This study reveals high knowledge of the role of hand washing in the prevention of cross infection. Hence hand hygiene is a major component of standard precautions and one of the most effective methods to prevent transmission of pathogens associated with health care. An alcohol-based hand rub requires less time and is microbiologically more effective.