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GMCH-32 at basic level of hand-hygiene standards of WHO: Study, 16 March 2014


CHANDIGARH: An in-house study carried out by Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, to assess compliance to hand hygiene standards prescribed by the WHO revealed that the hospital was still at the basic level—implying “Some measures are in place, but not to a satisfactory standard.”


The study published in the International Journal of Preventive Medicine, in January this year, found that at GMCH-32, for every 10 patients in wards, there was only one wash basin, there was no plan available for the improvement of infrastructure in the hospital, no dedicated budget that allowed hand-hygiene training, there were no audits undertaken to asses availability of hand-rub soap, single-use towels and other hand hygiene resources.


Titled “Compliance to Hand Hygiene World Health Organisation Guidelines in Hospital Care”, the study was carried out by Dr Raman Sharma, Department of Hospital Administration, last year, under guidance of the then Medical Superintendent of GMCH-32 Dr Vipin Kaushal.


The purpose of the study was to assess the gaps in compliance of standards in ICUs and other facilities in the hospital.


The scores obtained for each indicator were noted. The tool has five components with 27 indicators. At GMCH-32, it was observed that the facilities only had basic level of hand hygiene.


During the assessment, it was found that the hospital had continuous supply of clean water, and hand-hygiene training of the staff was being carried out on and off. But the mechanism to ensure that health-care workers completeed this training was missing.


The hospital also lacked any mechanism to check among its healthcare workers the indicators and correct techniques of hand hygiene annually. But the indirect monitoring was found present in terms of consumption of soap being monitored at least every three months.