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Crystal Run Healthcare Pediatrics and Staff Participate in World Hand Hygiene Day


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Practice Takes Steps to Promote Healthy Hand Hygiene Habits


Middletown, N.Y. – May 11th, 2017 – On Friday, May 5th, Crystal Run Healthcare, led by its Pediatricians and Infection Control Nurse Manager, celebrated World Hand Hygiene Day by encouraging adherence to CDC hand hygiene recommendations. Throughout Crystal Run Healthcare’s eight Pediatric locations, healthcare providers were on-hand to demonstrate good hand hygiene examples and remind children and families of cleanly habits by leveraging PAWS – “Please Attend Wash Station” during key moments throughout their day.


World Hand Hygiene Day promotes awareness and hygiene habits to improve better overall health and urges people to routinely wash their hands at the most critical moments in their day, including: before eating, prior to preparing food (especially when handling meats), before touching cuts and wounds, before and after tending to a person who is ill, after coughing or sneezing into your hands or a tissue, after blowing your nose, after playing with pets, after using the restroom, after touching garbage or garbage bins, and when your hands are visibly soiled.  Over time, the growing threat of antibiotic drug resistance increases and it is therefore of the utmost importance to keep our hands clean to prevent infection and the spread of germs.


“The Global Hand Hygiene Day campaign is promoted to motivate people of all walks of life to routinely wash their hands at the most critical moments throughout their day. Now more than ever, it is crucial that we work together to contain these drug-resistant pathogens and the infections they cause.  Hand hygiene is the most inexpensive and easiest habit we can encourage in the spread of germs.  Through our participation in Hand Hygiene day, we are able to reinforce sound habits and a healthy start to every day,” said Monique Sebastian, BSN, RN, BHMC, Infection Control Nurse Manager at Crystal Run Healthcare.