Did you know that healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) affect 1.7 million patients each year in the U.S.—that's 5-10% of hospitalizations—and account for about 99,000 deaths? HAIs can be acquired at any healthcare facility, including dental facilities, and they add nearly $20 billion to healthcare costs annually, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Being a dental professional means doing your part in preventing HAI transmission. Following proper hand hygiene techniques is the most important and least expensive way to do this, but on average only 40% of all healthcare workers practice it. Some reasons for this include: