Need an argumentative essay on The Importance of Hand-washing. Needs to be 16 pages. Please no plagiarism.
The rationale for choosing this clinical practice is because, despite the guidelines and the negative outcomes of poor hygiene available, the practice of handwashing is seldom adhered to. NHS has prioritized reduction of hospital-acquired infection (HAI) and one of the control procedures has been identified as handwashing (Stone, 2001). According to DoH 2004, the first of the core standards is safety which emphasizes that healthcare organizations must have systems in place and ensure that risk is minimized to all concerned. Improving hand hygiene is a critical component of clinical governance (Storr & Clayton-Kent, 2004).
Hand washing has been defined as a vigorous, brief rubbing together of all surfaces of lathered hands, followed by rinsing under a stream of water (Widmer, 2000). Hand washing mechanically removes the microorganisms by rinsing with water. Hand hygiene for safe care is not a new phenomenon but the compliance by health workers and by doctors, in general, is very poor. The guidelines are never adhered to. According to Grol and Gribshaw (2003) doctors have poor knowledge about the outcome of poor hygiene and perhaps they would comply better if they were well informed of the results. If the health workers experience a problem in practice they may be motivated to change. These are the cognitive theories. It is important to reflect on solutions and discuss difficulties. Behavioral theories suggest that external stimuli can assist in change like incentives, modeling, and external reinforcement.