Hospital acquired infections are a tremendous burden on the practice of medicine, also in the veterinary field. Since hands have been recognized as major contributors to the transmission of disease, the importance of proper hand hygiene in healthcare became clear. The World Health Organization has developed guidelines for when to perform an act of hand sanitation during patient care. This has been adapted to veterinary care and hand hygiene should be performed before and after each patient contact, before a clean/aseptic act, after contact with body fluids and after touching the patient’s surroundings. Not only the moments of when to perform an act of hand hygiene are important, but also the technique. This video explains the technique for a proper handrub.
Realized in partnership with the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences of the University of Copenhagen.
Prof. Denis Verwilghen
Currently Associate Professor in Large Animal Surgery at the faculty of Health and Medical Sciences of the University of Copenhagen in Denmark, Denis Verwilghen started of his career as an equine veterinarian in private practice in Ireland and the Netherlands immediately after graduation from the University of Ghent, Belgium in 2003. With the desire to improve his skills, Denis went back to academia end 2004 to become resident in equine surgery at the University of Liege, Belgium. In 2006 he defended a master in veterinary science degree on the subject of "Osteochondrosis and its relationship with IGF-I in the Horse". In 2009 he obtained a specialist diploma (DES) in Large animal Surgery from the University of Liege and in 2010 Denis successfully passed the exam of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons. Denis then defended his PhD in Liege about clinical impact of developmental orthopaedic diseases in horses. After spending some time in Sweden Denis and his wife Gaby, an ECEIM diplomate, moved back to Belgium and started a consultancy based equine medicine and surgery service. Recently, both have been appointed at the Equine hospital of the Copenhagen University. Denis interests lay in general soft tissue and orthopaedic surgery. He has a special interest in biosecurity in veterinary medicine with emphasis on surgical principles and hand hygiene. Denis has a broad range of publications on various aspects of equine surgery with a particular interest in asepsis research, orthopaedic biomarkers and dentistry. Denis friends have never complained about his ability to produce a tasteful meal, though Denis’ wife is generally not impressed by the state of the kitchen after dinner, but you all know how medicine people are. Denis’ main hobbies are running and swimming though cannot remember himself when was the last time he has! Further Denis is a big fan of his son’s Thomas and Noah and he enjoys reading them stories while they sit on the pot, but his wife will tell you again she can’t remember when he’s done it last ;)
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